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Frogs, Toads and Tadpoles
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of paper frogs. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.


The Blow-Up Frog - c1720 onwards


The Flat Frog - 1900

As far as I know this design fist appears in 'Die Frobelschen Beschaftigungen: Das Falten' by Marie Muller-Wunderlich, which was published by Friedrich Brandstetter in Leipzig in 1900.


El Sapo (The Toad) - 1907

This design appears in an article titled 'El trabajo manual escolar' by Vicente Casto Legua in the January 1907 issue of the Spanish magazine 'La Escuela Moderna' which was published in Madrid by Los Sucesores de Hernando. Despite its name it seems to me to resemble a tadpole with legs rather than a toad.


The Jumping Frog - 1963