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Ecolovies ~ Toad Houses... but Frogs are Welcome
Last night was a long night for me. It was the last day of Bad Changeover and after spending all morning on homeschool orders for this year, and all afternoon with my wonderful art class, I was tired. We had done pretty well with all of the days without dad time, but mama was running out of steam. I had shown Cyan my plan to make a toad house last week... but thought the project long forgotten. Well, last night, as I was sitting here vegging out waiting for bedtime to come, I saw her from the corner of my eye run in to get scissors. And then glue. And then she came in with a handful of rocks. What was she doing???

I walk out and she is cutting up a large sour cream container we found on the ground at the blueberry patch. There were pieces of it everywhere. She looked up at me with this wonderfully awake expression (considering it was about 7:30pm at this point and I was ready for bed) and said "Hey mama! Just making a house for frogs."

Apparently, she and her friend Emma had talked that day about the frogs that live in Emma's yard. One had taken up residence in one of the little houses they made in History class (taught by Emma's mom, Heather) and Cyan was determined to earn her own frog for a garden friend.

How can you be tired with inspiration like that???

I heated up the glue gun and told her that we needed stuff to make it with. And this is what she brought me:

Logan came in with a handful of ground bark and a bunch more bigger rocks, and we had all of the fixings for a great toad house.

Posted by Valerie E. Published See Valerie E.'s 27 projects »

  • How to make a pet accessory. Toad Houses - Step 1
    Step 1

    The project was fun. The kids yelling out where they wanted me to put stuff and me doing it as fast as I could (often getting rocks dropped in my lap because I wasn't doing it fast enough for Logan) trying not to burn myself with the glue gun.

  • Step 2

    We had one hiccup. Cyan reached over Logan to put something neat they found on the Nature Table, and she stepped RIGHT on the glue gun. She totally burnt her foot and to add insult to injury, she got hot glue between two of her toes and that burnt her too. Poor baby. She has to be the most accident prone child on the planet.

  • How to make a pet accessory. Toad Houses - Step 3
    Step 3

    This simple craft was re-brought to my attention via 5 Orange Potatoes... which is a wonderful website for all kinds of nature crafts. I have loved looking around there whenever my inspiration is lacking. She always has something fun to do with nature!



Danni G.
Danni G. · El Paso, Texas, US · 1 project
This is so cute Happy Unfortunately I live in the desert, but I'm making one anyway! Happy
GryffindorGrl · Fayetteville, North Carolina, US · 24 projects
This is awesome! thank you so much! I always wanted to have toad houses, but wanted to make my own! yours is so beautiful and looks much better than the ones you buy! Happy
selena · Harlingen, Texas, US · 1 project
i made a mini one for my 8 snails and they love it im gonna posta how to about how to make a snail house
Spobret · Loughborough, England, GB · 3 projects
My mama has a few toads a nd frogs in her garden, so this will be kinda cute for her Happy Off to buy a glue gun tomorrow! Can't wait to share our attempts Happy

And big kisses to your little tribe, esp Madam Accident Prone. That sounds REALLY ouchie Happy
morgan2moe m.
morgan2moe m.
I cant wait to make this!!!HappyI wish i could find my glue gun. Happy
Kristi  C.
Kristi C. · Mt Airy, North Carolina, US · 6 projects
This is really neat. Too bad frogs startle me. =p
Jayme · Jackson, Mississippi, US · 10 projects
This is soooo uber cute....I just started working on mine a few minutes ago! Cant wait to put it in my herb garden.
IceDragon · Lowestoft, England, GB · 3 projects
This is so awesome...and so easy to adapt for mice, bees, ground-nesting birds and sleepy insects... Happy...
jamie kraft
jamie kraft · 5 projects
I like this idea, can you use the plastic containers you get plants in too to make them?
Ginger Ginger.
Ginger Ginger. · Australia, AU · 16 projects
this is soo cute! but you really want toads in your garden? tell me more....
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