Frog or Toad?

The Pre-K children made their first wildlife discovery this week. You’ve probably already heard, but just in case your children are as secretive about school activities as mine,


Small, lumpy creature found in sandbox.
Children beside themselves
(and others, too.)

Every year, we find at least one of these fantastic creatures.  All Autumn and Spring, children are picking it up, observing it, and building it sand pit homes. It’s amazing that the amphibian family hasn’t moved to a newer, quiet location.  Yet, as we dig anew each Fall the creature appears, hopping into our hearts and filling us with questions.

This year, we’ve had much debate over what type of animal it actually is.  Some believe it is a frog, others are voting for toad.

So far, the children have decided upon the following rules governing “froginess”:

  • must be green
  • must not have bumps
  • hops around lakes and dives

We don’t have any statements regarding the authenticity of a toad.  Obviously, this calls for some further study.

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