5 Little Speckled Frogs - Splatter Paint Song Props

Minnie loves singing, & one of her current favourites is 'Five Little Speckled Frogs.' She was keen to do some splatter painting the other day, so I thought we could create some speckled frogs as we splattered!

I cut out five frog shapes from card, & added a few pots of ready mix paint along with cotton buds & old toothbrushes. 

Minnie did a great job splattering them with her chosen paint & loved exploring the texture, & sound of the toothbrush as she ran her finger along the bristles splashing the paint. 

Clearly a fan of Jason Pollock! ;-)

Once the frogs were dry Minnie helped me laminate them & add the sticky eyes.

This is where the activity evolved slightly... Minnie was enjoying playing with the frogs, but I thought they could do with a few extras, so I had a hunt around the house & collected the following.

We joined three kitchen towel tubes by cutting four slots at the base of each tube & pushing them together, this created our log for the frogs to sit on. I cut the leg from an old pair of woolly tights & stretched over the cardboard tubes, tucking the ends inside the tube to secure. The foot of the tight sat away from the log which helped it look more like a gnarled log.

 On the back of each frog I attached a sticky Velcro pad, which meant the frogs could be stuck & removed easily from the log.

For our pool I found some old denim material a friend had given me, which I cut into a pond shape.

We added a lily-pad (made from green felt & some net fabric which I had in my sewing bag) & some bugs for the hungry frogs to eat! These were again made from scraps of old material & circular foam stickers cut in half.

 And here's our finished Froggy Play mat!

Five little speckled frogs
Sat on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs. Yum! Yum!
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Then there were four speckled frogs.
Glub! Glub!

Four little speckled frogs
Sat on a speckled log...

Three little speckled frogs...
Two little speckled frogs...
One little speckled frog...

Minnie is enjoying exploring this 'froggy pad' sometimes with the song & sometimes without. Today she added some paper fish to the pool & the frogs have had a splash in the mud (our brown rug) before having a 'clean wash' back at the pool!


  1. I need a laminator. Now! First those cute cupcakes and now these cute frogs! Love he speckled bit!!


  2. Wow these are lovely and look like they would have been great fun to make. X

  3. Oh my, this is TOOOOOOO cute! LOVE it!

  4. We love that song! What a fun little play along craft.

  5. Love your little froggies and especially the Pollock-inspired splats! We are slowly making lots of song and story resources too. You can tell teachers a mile off! Too much fun ;-)

  6. Thanks everyone, we've had lots of fun with this little activity mat :)

  7. I love your use of ordinary items - toothbrushes would be so fun. I can't believe I've never thought to use them in our crafts!!

    I'm excited to feature this in this week's High Ten! Friday (Usually I do a High Five, but I'm behind a week and had a really hard time narrowing them down!)

    Be sure to check it out: hand on : as we grow

  8. Gorgeous! I'm hoping you'll add this to our Carnival of Music & Song play on March 25th!!

  9. Love the frog and lily pad! Thanks for the compliments about my daughter's portrait! It is appreciated!

  10. Cute! I love frogs and I have passed the froggy love to my boys.

    Jo @ SmileMonsters

  11. CUTE!!! Oh my gosh, I love it!

    Thanks for sharing at the For the Kids Friday Link Party! I look forward to having you back this Friday!

  12. Very cute. Going to share this on our site.

    all the best,
    Sherry + Wendy @ Kiboomu

  13. Oh my goodness, that's adorable!!!
    Thanks so much for linking up at Sharing Time! :)


  14. Sherry & Wendy - thank you so much! :)

  15. A super idea...and love those frogs!! We don't know this song...I must go and source it! Think Little One will love it too!

  16. Hi, I came across your blog while looking for ideas for a frog storytime. I love your speckled frogs!

    I would like to invite you to link your post up on my Frog ABC’s Blog Hop. My blog is for librarians, teachers, caregivers, grandparents, and parents of young children who love exploring topics with children through Activities, Books, Crafts, and Snacks (ABC’S). I think your post fits in beautifully with the Activity/Crafts parts of the ABC’S, don’t you?

    You will find the Blog Hop here: http://librarystorytimeabcs.blogspot.com/2012/04/frog-abcs-blog-hop.html

    I hope you will link up with us!