May 17, 2011

Frog Time

Today's Circle Times had a frog theme. Our book was Leap Back Home to Me, written by Lauren Thompson and illustrated by Matthew Cordell. This story of a little frog who goes exploring but always returns to his mom has a simple rhyming text, with a refrain that participants repeated: "Leap back home to me!"

We also learned several frog-related rhyming songs, acting out all the motions. Read on for specifics on these songs.

Here are some of the frog-related rhymes and songs we did at our two Circle Times today. These were taken from a book titled 1,000 Fingerplays & Action Rhymes edited by Barbara A. Scott.

Hungry Froggy
(Sung to the tune of Frere Jacques)

Hungry Froggy, Hungry Froggy
Catch that fly! Catch that fly!
See it buzzing this way
See it buzzing that way
Try, try, try
Catch that fly!

(Note: for motions, use your hands to try to catch that fly, then "buzz" your hands this way and that).

Jumping Frogs
(Sung to the tune of Jingle Bells)

Jumping frogs, jumping frogs
Jumping all around!
Jumping high and jumping low,
Then resting on the ground.
Jumping forward, jumping back
Will they EVER stop?
When they're tired, they will land
With a great big PLOP!

(Note: Have fun acting out the motions, jumping forward and backward, etc.)

If You're a Frog and You Know It
(Sung to the tune of If You're Happy and You Know It)

If you want to be a frog,
Blink your eyes.
If you want to be a frog,
Blink your eyes.
If you want to be a frog.
Don't just sit there on a log!
If you want to be a frog,
Blink your eyes.

Other verses:
say ribbitt, ribbitt
stick our your tongue
catch a fly
jump up high

Three Little Speckled Frogs

Three little speckled frogs
Sitting on a hollow log
Eating some most delicious bugs -- yum! yum!
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool,
Now there's just two little speckled frogs.

(Note: count down to one and after that last frog jumps into the pool, the final version goes like this: Now there are NO MORE speckled frogs! Also, you can, of course, start with a higher number -- five little speckled frogs -- to make the song last longer. Finally, act out the song by setting your forearm in front of you as your "log" and using the fingers of your other hand as the frogs.)

Posted by at May 17, 2011 12:40 PM
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