Jumping Frogs & Hopping Toads, Episode 34 of the Storytime Seedlings Podcast - for storytime anytime, anywhere you want, just click the podcast (audio or video) play button below! For a handy print-out of the fingerplays and songs, click here.
Books of Frogs and Toads
A Froggy Fingerplay and a Toady Poem
Five Little Speckled Frogs
Five little speckled frogs (hold up 5 fingers of one hand across your other arm)
Sitting on a speckled log
Eating the most delicious bugs – YUM YUM (clap hands together on Yum, Yum)
One jumped into the pool (hold up one finger and jump it off the log)
Where it was nice and cool
Now there are only four speckled frogs – RIBBIT RIBBIT
(count down from there)
The Hop Toad
Hop Toad, Hop Toad, see how he can hop;
This way, that way--does he ever stop?
Hop Toad, Hop Toad, see how he can jump;
This way, that way--what a funny lump;
From: “John Martin’s Book for Little Children,” April 1913, Vol. II, No. 1
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Pre-Literacy Tip: The Wonder of Wordless Picture Books
The first step in reading is telling a story and wordless picture books are a storytelling ingenuity. The pictures, with just a few or no words, in wordless picture books, lets a child tell/read, in sequence, the events and the plot structure of a story along with visual comprehension. Along the way they are adding their own thoughts, words and imaginative embellishments - an exercise in creativity and brain building power. Also, wordless picture books give a pre-reader, or a struggling new reader, control and boosts confidence because you don’t need to read words to understand a story. In the meantime, sitting down with your child and a wordless picture book is a sweet opportunity to share the reading experience as “readers” together.
For a fun wordless frog book try: Ah-Ha by Jeff Mack. This book is available in ebook format or print. An all-time favorite wordless book of mine is, A Boy, A Dog and a Frog by Mercer Mayer - available in hard copy format and, delightfully, by video through Overdrive Media for Kids.
For a nice wordless picture book resource list, check out this list by the Lavender Librarian who compiled her list after reading an enchanting article in Kirkus Reviews on how "Wordless Picture Books Evoke a Sense of Wonder" by Vicki Smith.
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