Second son’s Science project for the second quarter was to make a pop-up picture of the life cycle of a frog. His teacher also encouraged his students to opt for the caterpillar if they find it easier. My son though might have found the frog cuter. He opted for this kind of amphibian as his subject.
Being used to story-telling almost every night, my boy was inspired to make a book instead and not a simple chart. And as we frequent to malls too, we would always visit bookstores. We would spend some time reading or browsing children books; thus my kids appreciate literature more than anything else.
pop-up book on frog life cycle
For second son’s pop-up life cycle project, he preferred to make his own storybook. And he named the main character Dodie the frog.
The story started with the mommy frog’s laid eggs. What my 10-year old boy used to keep the printed eggs from popping up? He printed it on a board paper in best quality ink to make it “come to life”. And to make the picture pop up, he cut a small piece of paper about 2 inches in height and 1/2 inch for the width. He folded it into three forming a Z shape. He taped the other end of the folded paper to the background and the other end to the cut-out egg print.
The second stage of Dodie the frog’s life cycle — the tadpole phase. To make his story engaging, he described in his story how a tadpole would look like during its development phase.
This is the part that I like the best. He first printed a photo of a tree as a background. Then he printed the same photo, this time though cutting off the little leaves behind and leaving the bigger leaves. He positioned the cut-out leaves at the exact place of the same leaves just like on the background.
“Wow! a 3D photo,” was my initial reaction. He made use of the similar images and gave emphasis to the leaves to make them pop up.
Third phase: froglet stage. This time, the second son used a picture of a river as his background. He pasted his cut-out tadpole to blend with the river. Again, in all his cut-out photos, he made use of his pre-cut Z-shaped board paper to make the pictures pop up!
When we visited the bookstore one Sunday, we looked for some fruit or flower scrapbook materials. We found these tiny plastic flower buttons and imagined them to look good in second son’s pop-up book.
The last or fourth phase of Dodie the frog — a full-grown frog. And because frogs live on both land and water, the second son opted to Google grassy lawns as background. He told me that he would want to emphasize that his Dodie the frog loves to play on manicured green lawns.
Even the back cover complemented the front cover.
You might be wondering what my ten-year-old boy used for this pop-up book? Before it was covered with computer print outs and designed with scrapbook materials, this book was a desk calendar.
School project-making is something that truly helps one brings out his creative ability. Through his projects, a student could express his personality. His teachers, on one hand, could use these projects to access how students imagine and interpret ideas. For a mother like me, school project-making is another blessed time to spend with her boy. Together, we learn from and appreciate each other.
* (December 2013) I compiled and shared some of the school projects made by my boys in order to help other students with their research. It has always been this momi’s intention to offer help the best way she can.