I love doing a frog theme because there are so many cute frog books! We just did frogs again at my library and it was a blast! I read one of my favorites ever, The Wide Mouthed Frog: A Pop-Up Book by Keith Faulkner. The caregivers always laugh too when I purse up my lips very small to read the last line from the frog right before he jumps into the water, "SPLASH"! I also used 2 other popup books; Ten Tiny Tadpoles by Debbie Tarbett and Mo Willems', Big Frog Can't Fit In: A Pop Out Book. Of course, I did 5 Green and Speckled Frogs and Little Frog Are You Hiding. I know someone has done Little Frog with paper? but I can't remember who? *update...found it here! My version is made of pellon (the little frog) and different colored felt 'logs'* Anyway, I wanted something new and interactive so...I cut out a bunch of different colored felt frog Ellison diecuts and made up a simple rhyme. As I snapped my fingers for the beat, and said the rhyme in a cool and groovy way (as cool and groovy as a white-haired librarian assistant/grandmother type can be; HA!) the children brought their froggy to the flannelboard 'pool'.
Froggies in the Pool
by Kathryn Roach
Little Froggies *red, if you want to be cool,
Come right up and jump into the pool!
*blue, green, orange, yellow, purple, pink
Next time I'll have to wear sunglasses to help with the coolness factor. Have a 'hoppy' time at Storytime with froggies!