Once upon a time, in a land far away, there lived a woman who taught preschool. Her favorite thing in the whole day was circle time. The songs and games were so much fun, and such a sneaky way to teach children so many things. One day the woman opened a baby shop and she loved it. Except there was no circle time. So, like all self indulgent people, she started a blog and decided to post some of her favorite circle time songs and activities.
You have happened upon the first of what we hope will be a series of easy ‘circle time’ activities you can do with your family. This is a finger play/song, called Five Green and Speckled Frogs. We invite you to print and cut out the frogs. From there they can be glued or taped to sticks and used to act out the song. If you know a different version, please by all means, sing that one instead. The fun factor alone makes this a worthwhile activity, but if you would like to get a few teachable moments in, here is what you might want to know.
- You are counting backwards.
- You can sing the song, skipping the odds. (4 frogs, 2 frogs)
- You can sing the song skipping the evens or the evens. (5 frogs, 3 frogs, 1 frog)
- You can take the frogs away in descending size order (taking the larger ones away first)
- You can take the frogs away in ascending size order (taking the smaller ones away first)
- After taking away a frog you can ask your child how many are left. “We had five frogs, we took away one, how many frogs are left?”
- You can create your own logs for the frogs to jump off using toilet paper rolls.
These activities are about getting little brains thinking, not about right and wrong, so please have fun. Sing loud, sing silly, make sound effects if you want.
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