The Thursday/Friday GAP class enjoyed having our German biologist early educator friend Anke Maria hop in to visit, bringing her educational toys from Frogwatch.
We heard from her friend Friedrich der Frosch (a frog puppet) about some of the threats to his environment: feral cats, bulldozers, people, sunscreen and detergent in the rivers, plastic bags and rubbish; and discussed what we can do to keep the environment frog-friendly.
We heard interesting facts about frogs, and got to explore and play with insect models in order to decide what to feed a big fabric frog.
We lined up other models from eggs to tadpoles (“Kaulquappe” in German), tadpoles with legs, young frogs and adult frogs; and solved puzzles showing frogs’ various stages. Even our teachers learned things.
We even enjoyed singing a couple of German songs about frogs. As Anke Maria packed up at the end, we all hopped off to morning tea, croaking.
Did you know a German frog doesn’t say ‘ribbet’, but rather, ‘quak’?!