LEAP FROG - SETUP & DIRECTIONS
Short Carnival Savers video/gif shows froggy catapult. Rubber frogs being catapulted onto a green platform.
Stuffed Toy Frogs
Make This DIY Leap Frog Game:
A great carnival-style game for kids - what child doesn't want to take a rubber mallet and hit something and make a toy fly through the air?!?
The key to making this game is to make sure that there are two moving pieces to make sure the FROG goes forward instead of straight up in the air or back to the player.
The longer piece of wood (the one the player hits) is acting like a See-Saw.
There are dozens of ways to construct this, but we are showing you one way to make this work!
The smaller plank of 2 x 4 wood will overlap the larger piece and be attached to the game with a sturdy hinge.
Before the carnival, set up a "pond" with your fake lily pad and a pretend alligator (optional).
How to Play the Leap Frog Game:
Players are given 3 stuffed animal frogs to try to land on as many "Lily pads" as possible.
Additional Hints & Tips:
Note:Some schools in our area uses some handmade "frog launchers" that children hit with a light-weight mallet to make the frogs leap through the air to try to land on a lily pad.
Have a handy wood worker help with a design but always design with the safety of children first - have an adult oversee the rubber mallet or something that could be hit with such force the flying frog could hurt a young child.