Reading Aloud Activity

Posted on Nov 27, 2014 | Resources

Five Green Frogs

Suggested Age: Toddler, Preschool

Submitted by Hilda Comitini, State Librarian, Manoa Public Library

Book: Five Green and Speckled Frogs by Priscilla Burrisfive-green-and-speckled-frogs

Activity: Tube Story: “Five Green and Speckled Frogs.” Adapted from

Five Green and Speckled Frogs has always been a favorite nursery rhyme in story time. Children love to sing this popular song and see the frogs jump into the pool one by one. This is another prop idea to use for the song instead of the regular flannel board.

The frogs are on construction paper rings that slide around the paper towel tube. When you start the song, all frogs are right side up, on top of the log. As you sing and as each frog jumps into the pool, rotate the ring around the tube until the original frog is upside down and facing backwards and the frog that jumped into the “pool” is facing the audience instead. 


  • Five frog cutouts
  • Five smaller frog cutouts
  • Paper towel tube
  • Two sheets of brown construction paper
  • Glue stick
  • Five 2”x2” inch strip of blue paper and cut “waves” along one edge



  1. Wrap the brown construction paper around the tube.
  2. Cut the other brown construction paper into five strips (2 x 12)
  3. Take each strip and wrap it around the tube. Match the ends; then crease the paper.
  4. When you have the creases, glue the top sections together so that you will have a ring with a flap on top
  5. Glue a frog picture on, right side up.
  6. Glue each small frog onto each blue paper
  7. Flip the ring upside down, and glue the ocean blue paper on the other side.
  8. Trim off the extra flap at the top of each ring.
  9. Carefully slide the five rings onto the tube. Make sure your frogs are all facing the same direction.

One jumped into the pool where it was nice and cool ……