DLTK's Crafts for Kids

DLTK's Crafts for Kids
puerto rico
Puerto Rico Section - Coqu�

The Puerto Rican coqu� is a very small - tiny - tree frog about one inch long.  Some coqu�es look green, some brown and some yellowish - actually they are translucent. Coqu�es have a high pitched sound and can be heard from far away.

The coqu�es begin to sing when the sun goes down at dusk.  Their melody serenades islanders to sleep. Coqu�es sing all night long until dawn when they stop singing and head for the nest.  Puerto Ricans love their coqu�es and have written poems, stories, and Aguinaldos about them.

During the time of the Ta�no Indians trillions of coqu�es serenated our ancestral home. Many Ta�no Indian myths surround the coqu�.  When you look at Puerto Rican Ta�no art you can see that the coqu� meant a lot to them. Coqu�es are found in much of the Ta�no art like pictographs and pottery.

In Puerto Rico all coqu�es are called coqu� even though not all sing ''co-qu�''. Only two of the species the ''Coqu� Com�n'' and the ''Coqu� de la Montaña or Coqu� Puertorriqueño'' actually sing ''co-qu�''.

Puerto Rican coqu�es have relatives all over Latin America.  The coqu� genre is found in all the Caribbean Islands, and in Central and South America.  But again, the only ones that make the sound ''co-qu�'' are Puerto Rican.

The scientific name for the coqu� is Eleu-thero-dactylus, characterized because they have no webbed toes.  There are 16 different species in Puerto Rico and all of them have padded discs at the end of their toes which helps them climb. Coqu�es are classified as amphibians - a grouping for cold blooded vertebrates that includes frogs, toads, or newts -that are able to live in both water and land.

Contrary to frogs, the coqu�es do not go through a tadpole stage and break out of their egg - a small replica of their parents. Some coqu�es are terrestrial some are arboreal.  The Coqu� Dorado is the only specie in the world that bears live young.

The male coqu� sings - not the female.  That means that in Puerto Rico we hear only half the coqu�es that are there sing.  The male coqu� watches over the eggs.  The eggs hatch in 28 days and the young coqu�es remain in the nest for an additional 5 days.  Again the male coqu� watches over them until they leave the nest.

When there is more light either from the moon or from street lights, there are less coqu�es.  Therefore there are more coqu�es in isolated areas like the mountains.  The specie ''Puerto Rican coqu�'' sings co-qu�, co-qu�, co-qu� at dusk and changes to co-qu�-qu�-qu�, co-qu�-qu�-qu�, co-qu�-qu�-qu�, at dawn.  It is arboreal - climbing to the top of trees in search of insects. There it remains until dawn when it changes its song and jumps down nesting until the evening.

Coqu�es are in danger of extinction and actually two of them are already extinct - the Coqu� Dorado and the Coqu� Palmeado. Others are endangered species like the Coqu� Caoba and the Coqu� de Eneida. Why are coqu�es in extinction? Because of deforestation.  People have destroyed their habitat often destroying their eggs and destroying their source of food and nourishment.

Here are some Frog activities you might be interested in doing.  They were made generically, but you can color them in to look as much like a coqu� as possible.

frog bean bag

Frog Bean Bag

Age 9+

Must be able to use a hot glue gun or sew to make the project...  Young children love to help stuff it or receive it as a gift!

coloring pages

Frog Coloring Pages

frog craft

Frog Craft - Toilet Paper Roll

Age 3+

Frog Life Cycle Craft

Frog Life Cycle Craft

Age 3+

Young children frog craft Frog Paper Craft

Age 2+

frog paper bag puppet

Frog Paper Bag Puppet

Age 2+

Frog Craft

Paper Mache Frog Craft
suitable for Ages 7+

Easy Version of the Frog Craft
suitable for Ages 3+

Use this craft for the 5 green speckled frogs game
Instructions for the Game
or just for storing treasures

Easy paper plate frog pouch craft

Frog Pouch

Age 3+

frog puppet paper plate craft

Frog Puppet

Age 3+

frog shapes practice craft

Frog Shapes Practice Craft

Age 2+