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Preschoolers will focus on counting and literacy with these adorable 5 Green Speckled Frogs printable puppets. This activity is perfect for your spring lesson plans!
Nursery rhymes are a great way to engage toddlers and preschoolers in learning without the drudgery of worksheets. This counting rhyme is the perfect addition to your frog activities for preschoolers.
When you add finger puppets and props to the nursery rhymes you teach your preschoolers, they can engage in the activity in multiple ways.
You can wear the puppets as you teach the rhyme to your little ones, or they can wear them as they recite the rhyme to you. So fun!
These free preschool printables are designed to fit a number of your preschool themes. They’re perfect for an animal or pond unit.
Add them to your Letter of the Week Ff lessons. Or, create a fun circle time activity for your toddlers, preschoolers, and/or kindergarteners.
Five Green and Speckled Frogs Printable
To begin this nursery rhyme lesson, print out the frog puppet templates. There is a black and white version for kids who like to color and a color version for those who don’t.
Cut out the frogs. Make sure not to cut off the dotted box under each frog. Fold the dotted box to make a ring that fits over your finger and tape it shut.
Now, your frog puppets can stand. You could also glue the frogs to craft sticks if you’d prefer.
If you’d like, you can create a “log” for your five green frogs to sit on. Cut a toilet paper tube in half lengthwise and tape them together. Use a brown marker to add bark lines.
Now, it’s time to teach your child the rhyme. I like to start by playing the song and allowing kids to dance around. This puts them in the mood to learn more!
Try this one…
Now, it’s time to break out the puppets. You can either read the storybook version of this rhyme or continue playing the song.
Let kids use their puppets to act out the rhyme as it’s read or played in the background.
Once they’re finished, add these puppets to your pretend play area for more imaginative play.
You can add this fun activity to your frog themed preschool activities. It also works well inside a unit focused on the Letter Ff or within a pond life unit.
More Ways to Use These Finger Puppets
Of course, the most obvious way to use these finger puppets is to act out this rhyme over and over again. But, there are more things you can do with these finger puppets.
The title of this rhyme is full of adjectives. You can introduce your little ones to adjectives, or descriptive words. Encourage your preschoolers to describe the frogs and/or the log. They can use color words, number words, describe their size, etc.
Another fun thing you can do is introduce your child to the concept of synonyms, or words that mean the same. The frogs are speckled, spotted, or dotted. They are green or lime. Frogs hop, bounce, or jump.
Can your child find other things in the room that are green? Things that are speckled or start with the letter F?
Frog and log rhyme. What other words can your preschooler think of that rhyme with frog and log? What other rhyming words do they know? Green and mean. Lunch and munch.
PRESCHOOL BOOKS ABOUT FrogsFill your book basket with a great collection of books about frogs. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore. If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.
The Frog Book – Long legs, sticky tongues, big round eyes, and other dazzling features—what’s not to love about frogs? The Lucky Green Frog – A short sweet story about a little lucky frog. He likes to complain a lot, until he meets a little mouse who challenges him to not complain, find out if he can actually do it! I Don’t Want to Be a Frog – Frog wants to be anything but a slimy, wet frog. A cat, perhaps. Or a rabbit. An owl? But when a hungry wolf arrives—a wolf who HATES eating frogs—our hero decides that being himself isn’t so bad after all.
This Five Green Speckled Frogs sensory kit is perfect for pairing with this lesson!
Learn how a tadpole turns into a frog. This felt board set shows a pictorial display of a frog’s life. With 5 stages and detailed felt pictures this set works well within a lesson on frogs, their life cycle, pond life, pond habitats or amphibians.
Practice counting and graphing with this adorable Frog Pond count and graph activity.
Are you looking for a fun activity to do with your little ones this spring? You’ll love this simple frog craft for toddlers!