Jump, Frog, Jump!Ribbit! Ribbit! Frogs are always a popular topic with young children! Recently we had a Preschool Story Time about Frogs at the library. Here are some of the books and activities included in our story time. Try them at home or school and have lots of fun!

First, we sang our greeting song, Here, Here sung to the tune of Skip to My Lou.

Here, Here
We’re all here
Here, Here
We’re all here
Here, Here
We’re all here
We’re all here today
Hello [sing child’s name], How are you? (Repeat two times)
We’re glad you’re here today!

Next, we did our Action Rhyme, Dance Your Fingers. Do the actions together while reciting the rhyme:

Dance your fingers up,
Dance your fingers down,
Dance your fingers to the side,
Dance them all around.
Dance them on your shoulders,
Dance them on your head,
Dance them on your tummy,
And put them all to bed. (Rest head on hands against side of face.)

We followed that up by reading City Dog, Country Frog which was written by Mo Willems and illustrated by Jon J Muth.

City Dog, Country  Frog by Mo Willems and Jon J Muth

This is a tender book about two different animals who share friendship and endure change throughout the seasons.

We then san the song Five Green and Speckled Frogs. See the video below for the tune and movements, but be sure to use one arm for the log.

Five green and speckled frogs sitting on a hollow log (Hold up five fingers on top of the log)
Eating some most delicious bugs, Yum Yum! (Tap thumb and fingers together twice to indicate “munching”)
One frog jumped in the pool (Hold up one finger, bring it down below the log)
Now there are four green speckled frogs. (Hold up four fingers on top of the log)

Repeat until you get to zero. End with “Now there are no green speckled frogs!”

For our feltboard activity, we played Frog on the Brown Log. If you have a feltboard or magnetic board, try this out. You can find the words to the song, the feltboard patterns, and the instructions for the activity at here. If you don’t have a feltboard or magnetic board, you can sing the words to the song and act out the simple movements.

Next, we read Jump, Frog, Jump! written by Robert Kalan and illustrated by Barton Byron. This book works well as a read-aloud, either one-on-one or in a group setting. Children enjoy reciting “Jump, Frog, Jump!” each time the frog escapes capture.

We then embarked into the world of imagination with the rhyme Five Little Frogs (which also helps practice counting).

Five little frogs were down at the pond,
Down at the pond to play,
Along came a hungry________(child thinks of an animal or creature each time)
And chased one frog away.
Four little frogs were down at the pond,
Down at the pond to play,
Along came a wiggly_________
And chased one frog away.
Three little frogs were down at the pond,
Down at the pond to play,
Along came a giant__________
And chased one frog away.
Two little frogs were down at the pond,
Down at the pond to play,
Along came a purple_________
And chased one frog away.
One little frog was down at the pond,
Down at the pond to play,
Along came a flying__________
And chased one frog away.
Then no little frogs were down at the pond,
Down at the pond to play,
Where do you think the little frogs went
When they all hopped away?

Before we finished, we made a craft of Frog Puppets. To find instructions for making simple frog puppets, check out Enchanted Learning’s Site.

As always, we end story time with our closing song Hands Go Up to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. Children do the accompanying movements.

Hands go up and hands go down
I can spin around and round
I can jump upon two shoes
I can clap and so can you
I can wave, now show we how
Story Time is done for now

 

Until next time, Happy Reading!

Love,

the Singing Librarian