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Twenty-four children took part in the “Save the Frogs” Silly Saturday program on Saturday, April 14 at the Hardin County Family YMCA. Each child received a special lily pad name tag identifying him or her as a “Save the Frogs” participant. They were grouped in two large groups to take part in the morning’s activities.
Paulette McCulley led one group in learning all about different frogs in our environment. She brought real frog eggs and polliwogs for viewing as well as an audiotape to help children understand that each frog has its own distinctive sound. Through the use of picture cards and plastic models the children were able to identify many kinds of frogs and replicate the life span of the frog. Jayden Bostleman brought his two pet tree frogs to share with the group. Jayden showed the children how to feed his frogs crickets and how he keeps them warm.
Other activities included making a frog mask, fitness time playing Leap Frog and Frogs on Lily Pads, and “Save the Frog” posters. Singing and acting out the song “Five Little Freckled Frogs” was also a great hit with the children. Children received special “Save the Frogs” education souvenirs and a special mini Leap Frog game.
The next Silly Saturday will May 12 from 9 a.m. to noon. Ages 3 through 7 are welcome to attend. This day will be special because we will be remembering our parents. It will also be “Little Siblings Day.” Little sisters and brothers are welcome to attend for the same fees as the other participants. The other requirement is that a parent must attend with all little siblings. Fee is $10 for members and $15 for non members. All children must wear gym shoes and bathing suits under play clothes. Deadline for registration is Thursday, May 10 by 9 p.m. Class size is limited to 25 children and equivalent number of smaller siblings. For more information contact the YMCA at 419-673-6131.