Five Green and Speckled Frogs
“Five green and speckled frogs sat on a speckled log, eating some most delicious bugs… YUM! YUM!”
Is it stuck in your head yet? It will be. Kids love the fun repetition and rhyme in this song, and also in its book form. I found this one that came with the cd and decided to make it even more fun by making some activities, a snack, and a fun craft to go along with it. The best way to learn is through play and putting it to music makes it even better.
Frogs on a Log Snack
2 oz. white chocolate
Green food coloring
Aluminum foil or parchment paper
- Cut thin strips about 1” long from airheads, set aside.
- Melt chocolate in microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between each time until smooth and completely melted.
- Place a couple teaspoons of melted chocolate in the corner of a snack sized ziplock bag. Snip off a tiny corner and squeeze little blobs the size of a pencil eraser onto paper or foil to create eyes.
- If you are making 5 frogs make 10 little white blobs. Set aside and allow chocolate to harden. Add 2-3 drops of green food coloring to melted white chocolate and stir, add more until desired shade is reached.
- Dip Oreos in colored chocolate and place on pretzel rod, while chocolate is still wet slip a strip of red airhead between frog and pretzel rod, and 2 white eyes on top.
To keep the rod in place- place melted chocolate at each end of rod and place on plate, stick in the refrigerator to set quickly. This will act as “glue”. When frogs dry, they will be secure and stuck on the log.
2 shades of green craft paint
10 googly eyes
1 red chenille stem (pipe cleaner)
hot glue gun/glue sticks
- Cut chenille stems into 5 even pieces and set aside.
- Let your child paint the rocks completely in green.
- Set out a lighter shade of green and demonstrate to your child how to dip the end of their paintbrush in paint and dab the rocks to create “speckles”.
- Allow paint to dry completely.
- Glue 2 googly eyes onto the top of your frog and 1 piece of pipe cleaner underneath.
- Curl the end of pipe cleaner around a pencil.
- Hot Glue each frog to the branch.
Frogs and Lily Pad Game
Pick up 2 packs of plastic frogs from Dollar Tree, they are located in the toy aisle and I have seen them year round. They are wonderful for a variety of activities from small world play and sensory bins to counting.
Cut lily pads from craft foam, scrapbook or construction paper. These become a fun and interactive flashcard for learning while playing.
Write numbers 1-5 on each lily pad. Now you can have your child hop a plastic frog to each number as you call it out to practice number identification, hop across them in order or place the correct number of frogs on each pad.
There are many learning activities you can do with your paper lily pad flash cards. Writing letters, numbers, site words or even to draw shapes on each one and have your child identify them. Cut them out in different colors to practice color recognition.
Make lily pads with sidewalk chalk outside, use the frogs again or have your child hop from pad to pad for a little gross motor development.
And here is the Five Green and Speckled Frogs (Sing and Read Storybook)book link if you wish to purchase the book.
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