From Tadpoles to Baby Frogs – Project Froglets

Rising tadpoles is not something I dreamed of or planned but has happened… and it was great learning experience, especially for my girls who now have no doubt about tadpoles’ life cycle and how they turn into frogs.

tadpoles life cycle

On one of our walks we came across pond full of tiny tadpoles, the water was all wiggling so we took couple of them home (in a coffee cup) along with some pond plants.

what do tadpoles eat

At home we have transferred them to the fish bowl, lined bottom with some stones and added plants that we brought with us.

container for tadpoles

The water we used was rain water from the container collecting it in our garden.

best container for tadpoles fish tank fish bowl

After about a week we moved them again, this time to the square washing up bowl so they had more space to swim.

tadpoles food

For food on the beginning we used some cooked lettuce leaves (cooked, drained, chopped and placed in the ice cube tray in the freezer). At first we were giving them one cube every second day, then more often and  when they started to develop tiny legs and arms we were also feeding them with gold fish flakes (recommended by our local pet store).

tadpoles to frogs

Once the tadpoles had both legs and arms formed they start getting better at jumping and climbing the fish bowl walls so we had to put them back in the fish bowl, but will much less water and more stones to jump around and cover it (not airtight) with a lid to prevent them from escaping.

tadpoles with legs and arms

And then we returned them back to the pond they originally came from.

feeding tadpoles with legs habitat care

It was a bit sad moment as the froglets did not want to leave the container…

tadpoles with legs what do they eat

how to take care of tadpoles

Still, giving them freedom was right thing to do as they needed to start catching flies and more space to move about.

frog life cycle for kids


If you don’t have access to rain water the best is to leave tap water to rest for 24 hours before putting tadpoles in it. They are tiny and fragile to chemicals.

Tadpoles eat and poo a lot, you will need to clean or change water often. We used plastic pipette from our doctor set for this daily and changed most of the water every couple of days.

I have submitted one of the close-up images of the froglets to the 52 Week Photo Challenge I’m taking part in.

Your thoughts…

  1. I have no idea why this came up on a GIS for something totally unrelated (sealing wax!), but … froglets … how could I not look? That was wonderful to read. I hope your daughters really enjoyed watching the little guys grow up. Do you happen to know what species of frog they are? I’m in the US, so I’m not very good at UK amphibians. I have toads in progress myself, though mine are outdoors. At least four toads laid eggs in my 35-gallon backyard “pond” (more like an ambitious bucket!) and I’ve been watching them grow up. I took thousands of newly-hatched tadpoles out to the lake, too — a toad can lay two thousand eggs at a time. I’ve been watching them grow up; a GoPro camera shooting video underwater in the pond got some really fun pictures. Now I can’t mow my grass because there are tiny toads all through it (so tiny three or four could sit on my thumbnail), and there will be for a couple of weeks to come.

    Anyway, thanks for making me smile today, and I’m going to explore your blog.

  2. I’m sorry but I know what species they were…
    I would love to have my very own pond with the tadpoles, they were very cute and we enjoyed taking care of them and photographing them. And it was sad moment when we finally had to let them go.

    By the way, there is on our website article about sealing wax, but it’s nowhere near the post about froglets :)

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