Flippin’ Frog

Game Rules

Player hits a lever with a mallet, thereby flipping a stuffed frog into the air. The player wins if the frog lands into the box.

Game Description

This is our all-time most popular game.
The building of this game is a little complex, so you’ll have to refer to the pictures.
The two sides of this game are built using 2 x 6 boards, each measuring 24″ long. I have cut off the front top corners, at about a forty five degree angle. The boards are held together with a 7.5″ piece of 4 x 4 board, that is bolted together. The 4 x 4 has one corner cut off, about a forty five degree angle on the inside (see pictures).
The other board that holds them together is a 12.5″ long piece of 2 x 4. The 2 x 4 is screwed in.
The two pieces that form the catapult measure 17.5″ (near the front that the mallet hits) and 7.25″ (the part that projects the frog). Both of these are shaved down about 1/2″ on the sides. This ensures they will move easily, when hit with the mallet. Both of the top pieces are bolted in (see pictures).
The front piece (that the mallet hits) is bolted in about 8.75″ from the front and 2″ from the top.
The back piece (that flips the frog) is bolted in 3.75″ from the back and 1.75″ from the top.
When you drill the holes in the 2 x 4’s, make the holes slightly bigger than the bolts.
The components of the mallet include a small plunger (cut down to 11″), red canvas material, and some quilt batting (available at fabric stores).
As indicated in the video, you may also attach a luggage handle, for easy transport.

Material List

  • One 2 x 6, measuring 48″ long
  • One 2 x 4, measuring 4′ long
  • One 4 x 4, measuring 7.5″ long
  • Three 7.5″ bolts and nuts
  • Six washers
  • One stuffed frog
  • One small plunger
  • One yard of red canvas
  • One package of batting from a fabric store.
  • One container
  • One luggage handle (optional)





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Hey Jack, Thanks so much.

My 7 year old daughter just climbed on my lap and we watched some of your videos together.

There are some games I know I could do in time for my son's birthday.

Love it!

Jill M