Lilypad Toss

It’s hot here today. It’s the kind of day when you don’t want to go outside to get the mail, let alone ride bikes or play hopscotch. So we’re playing Lilypad Toss inside.

Lilypad Toss

You’ll need:

  • 2 (or however many players you have) not identical purl frogs — mine were made from scraps of green fabric that I don’t like but Katrina does.
  • 5 lilypads — ours were cut from cardboard and painted by Katie. I might make a set for a birthday gift and then I think I’ll make the lilypads from felt. The lilypads should be numbered from 1 to 5.
  • 5 lilies for your lilypads — these are totally unnecessary but really cute. We made tissue paper flowers (inspired by Erin) but if I was making a more permanent set I would make these from fabric.
Lilypad Toss

How to Play:
For the Younger Child

  • Toss a frog into the stream.
  • If it lands on a lilypad jump up and down and shout Yeah!
  • If it lands in the stream go get it and try again.
Lilypad Toss

For the Slightly Older Child

  • Each player selects their frog.
  • Take turns tossing the frog. On the first turn try to toss your frog onto the lilypad labeled number 1.
  • After successfully landing the frog on lilypad 1 aim for lilypad 2 on your next turn
  • Continue in this manner until one player tosses their frog onto lilypad 5. The first one to do this is the winner!
Lilypad Toss

For the Oldest Child Who Will Be Amused by Tossing a Stuffed Frog

  • Each player selects their frog.
  • Take turns tossing the frog onto the lilypads for 10 turns.
  • Each lilypad is worth a certain number of points (1-5). Keep track of how many points you earn.
  • After ten turns add up each player’s points and the one with the most points wins!
Lilypad Toss

19 Responses to “Lilypad Toss”

  1. 1 Wendy July 9, 2007 at 8:03 pm

    I love rule #2 on the youger kids play! Ah, the simple pleasures.

  2. 2 erin July 9, 2007 at 10:46 pm

    brilliant! i am so going to copy this! great birthday party material! thanks.

  3. 4 molly July 10, 2007 at 8:17 am

    i love it! we’re having that kind of day here today…

  4. 5 Melissa July 10, 2007 at 1:27 pm

    What a cute idea!

  5. 6 beki July 10, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    Oh yeah, we’ve got to try this one. My kids love anything that involves throwing things.

  6. 7 Anina July 10, 2007 at 3:15 pm

    That sounds like such fun! My purl frog still doesn’t have eyes, so is still not considered show-worthy. Yours are cute!

  7. 8 amandajean July 10, 2007 at 7:47 pm

    that sounds like a blast! what a great idea.

  8. 9 amandajean July 10, 2007 at 7:48 pm

    oh, and I so love the tissue paper flowers that you added to the lily pad….very nice touch.

  9. 10 Bonnie July 10, 2007 at 9:46 pm


  10. 11 JoAnna July 11, 2007 at 12:24 am

    Were you a teacher in your former life? Way to go with the extension activities. Very impressive. I feel a pond day coming to our house soon! Thanks for the great ideas!

  11. 12 amy July 11, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    Looks like great fun!

  12. 13 sheree July 12, 2007 at 1:43 pm

    Oh, this is adorable! I must make this game–but all with fabric of course. Do you think you’ll be making up a tutorial/templates for this. I’d love to use it and share it on my “tutorials that use scraps list”.


  13. 14 Judy in Carefree July 14, 2007 at 1:19 am

    Just finishing up my second set…6 lily pads made from 3mm Foamies sheets w/silk scrapbooking flowers attached w/ brads so no worry about them getting wet. Numbers were die cut and frogs made from Fat Quarters. They were stuffed w/poly beads. Can’t wait to give them to the grandkids. Thanks for the great idea!

  14. 15 joelle July 18, 2007 at 12:54 pm

    what a great idea. LOVE it!!!

  15. 16 Jeni December 31, 2008 at 12:02 am

    I’m so glad that I found this. I finally have found a gift that I can sew and give to boys! I’m making a set using felt and fabric paint for the lily pads and batik green tops and tan bellies for the frogs. Also, I found some frog fabric to make a drawstring bag to keep it all in.

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