Alternative Phrasing – Frogs

My animal background is clear, I have been around them for more than five years and I am very passionate about animals and teaching others about animals. Through trial and error I figured out some ways of rephrasing biological terms for preschoolers to understand. This one is silly and my favorite!

When speaking about animals such as frogs it can be difficult to explain how and why amphibians have slimy skin called mucus. I began calling the mucus on an amphibians skin boogers several years ago and I always laugh at the reaction from the teachers when I say it. I started off by introducing the frog and telling the preschoolers that frogs are very special animals because they breathe with their skin; do people breathe with out skin? The answer is always no; people have a nose for breathing. What is in your nose? There is always at least one kid that will say boogers. Yes, boogers are in our nose and help up to breathe fresh clean air, but frogs breathe air with their skin so their whole skin is covered in boogers! Would you want to touch the frog? No, because we do not want to take his boogers off so we are going to use our looking eyes to look at the frog.

The truth is that the boogers that we have in our nose is a collection of dust, pollen, and other microscopic particles that have been gathered by the hair in the nose to prohibit a person from breathing it. The comparison is though a good way of explaining not only why frogs have slimy skin, but also why we could not touch them. I have held frogs for presentations many times and told the kids that I had to wet my hands so that I did not take the off the frog’s boogers.

Just tid-bits of information that I hope you enjoyed.



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