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Tadpoles, Frogs, And Crickets: Learning About The Food Chain

August 6th, 2012 | Posted by Angela in Homeschool | Lesson Ideas | unschool

We just finished up a mini unit on the food chain.  As always, I look for fun and free learning activities.  The kids had a blast learning about the food chain through free activities, videos, and crafts.

It was no coincidence that I chose for the kids to explore the food chain once our tadpoles become frogs.  I knew that these frogs would need to eat crickets.  This would be our kids first interatciton with the food chain.  I wasn’t sure if it was a good or bad thing that we recently learned about crickets (C is for Cricket).

While learning about crickets we read the book ‘Cricket In Times Square’ by George Selden.

I knew it would be difficult for the kids to feed Chester, the cricket in the book to their frogs.   However, once Alex and Ava understood the food chain they had not problem feeding our new frogs crickets every other day.

We had a great week filled with fun and free food chain learning!  We started with a copy of the food chain pyramid.  Click here to print.  They really enjoyed coloring this.

We then headed over to for some interactive food chain learning!

We watched this video about the food chain….

Alex and Ava loved making, and playing with, stacking food chain cups.  They were super easy to make.  Alex looked through some magazines and cut out pictures of animals that would create a specific food chain.

He then glued them onto cups.  You could easily use toilet paper or paper towel tubes and just cut them so they will fit over one another for nesting cups.


And then you stack them in the correct order.

He liked finding pictures and creating his own food chain so much he did a few more on paper.

Alex and Ava really enjoyed the book Who Eats What:  Food Chains and Food Webs.

You can print free food chain worksheets at  To print the following worksheet please click here.

I hope that you have fun learning about the food chain.  If you have any additional resources or your own learning adventures please share with me in the comments, thank you!

Next, we are moving to animal habitats!

If you enjoyed this post you may enjoy Discovering The Cell  or Learning About Planets.  To see more of our homeschooling adventures click here.  To see more of our learning activities please click here.


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