5 Green & Speckled Frogs Activity Ideas

5 Green Speckled Frogs Activities 
5 Little Speckled Frogs or 5 Green Speckled Frogs has always been a favourite nursery rhyme of mine. The oral language and numeracy benefits are so important in the early years of development.
Here are two activity ideas for your toddler or pre-schooler to play with this fabulous rhyme.
Creating Speckled Frogs with play dough
This is such a fun activity where children can create their very own Green and Speckled Frogs.  It encourages kids to explore their creativity and imagination.
The materials I added to the play dough table were Green Speckled Play Dough, bottle tops and googly eyes.  I also included cut out frog images to provide some ideas and also to look closely at the different shapes and features of the frogs in the pictures, then to try and re-create them.
The frog images are available as a printable here –> Printable Frog Images – Speckled Frogs
5 Speckled Frogs Counting Game
The aim of this game is to encourage basic counting, subitising, addition and subtraction skills.
Children are provided with a green laminated frog, a dice and Green and Speckled Play Dough.  The idea is to roll the dice and then make the number of speckles for the frogs tummy that is shown on the dice.  Roll the dice again, do we need to add or takeaway any speckles.
The Frog Image for this activity is available on the second page of this printable –>
Printable Frog Images – Speckled Frogs
 5 Little Speckled Frogs Activity Ideas
Learning Benefits:
  • Fine motor development and eye-hand coordination.
  • Literacy: oral language development through a repetitive and predictable rhyme.
  • Numeracy: addition and subtraction concepts.
  • Numeracy: counting and subitising numbers 1-6.
  • Imagination and creativity.
Counting and Subitising Activities 7
More information and activities on subitising, click <HERE>
5 Green and Speckled Frogs Activity Ideas
How to make Green and Speckled Play Dough?  Click <HERE>

Eye spy with my little eye, some more FANTABULOUS frog activities around the web!

Frog on a Lilly Pad with Printable Template by The Craft Train
Milk Bottle Jumping Frogs by A Little Learning for Two
Printable Frog Mask by Wildlife Fun 4 Kids
Frog Egg Fun by Wildlife Fun 4 Kids
Five Green Frogs – Printable by Picklebums
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Apple Tree Play Dough Maths

Play Dough Maths Activities 1
Apple Tree Play Dough Maths is a fun activity for encouraging early and basic maths skills using Apple Scented Play Dough and a set of dice.  There are a number of ways these materials can be adapted for different age groups and abilities in areas of counting, subitising, numbers and basic addition and subtraction sums.
What is subitising?   Subitising refers to immediately knowing how many items lie within a visual scene for a small number of items.  It is to have a rapid and confident judgement to know at a glance and without counting to identify the number of items in a group.  For example, when a dice is thrown the observer at a glance, immediately and accurately knows how many dots lie on the face of the dice without counting. 
Why is Subitising Important?
  • Subitising contributes to early forms of grouping. Seeing parts of a whole or that numbers are made up of other numbers.
  • Understanding number relations: Interpreting number in terms of part-whole relationships makes it possible for children to think about a number as being made up of other numbers
  • Understanding number relation: the notion that numbers are within numbers is important for separating, grouping and combining numbers as well as for multiplication, division and measurement. 
 What you will need?
Apple Play Dough Mats 2
You will need Apple Scented Dough (click here for simple recipe), set of dice, and the Printable Apple Tree Play Dough Mat.
You can download and print your own Apple Tree Play Dough Mat here: Printable Tree for Apple Dough Maths
After printing the Printable Tree, you can either paint or colour it with crayons and when it is dry laminate or contact it to help make it last longer. 
Let’s Learn
Play Dough Maths Games 3
The apple scented play dough is used to create play dough apples which are placed on the tree depending on the maths activity that is being done.
The Apple Tree Play Dough Maths can be used in a number of ways:
  1. Subitising – rolling one or two dice and creating that number with play dough apples on the tree.  Move the play dough apples around the tree to find different ways of presenting this number.
  2. Counting – rolling one or two dice and counting the number thrown, then re-creating this number again but this time as apples on the play dough tree mat.  Children will count and re-count to make sure they have the correct number of apples as thrown on the dice.
  3. Addition – this can be done on one or two play dough tree mats.  Throw one dice and create this number of play dough apples on the tree.  Then roll the dice again and ‘add’ how many more apples to the tree.  How many apples are in the tree?
  4. Subtraction – This is done a little different to the addition as it only uses 1 dice.  Place 6 play dough apples on the tree and then throw one dice.  Remove the number of play dough apples from the tree that is shown on the dice.  How many play dough apples are left on the tree?  For older children this can be done starting with 12 play dough apples on the tree and then subtracting the amounts shown on the two dice.
Let’s Play
Fine Motor Development with Play Dough 4
While Miss 5 was practicing her addition and subtraction, Miss 2 practiced making play dough apples by manipulating the play dough into balls using the palms of her hands and fingers.  This was a little tricky for her to start with but with a little practice, she began to develop this skill.  We then moved onto counting and making the numbers that were rolled on the dice.
Play Dough Toolbox SeriesThis post is part of our Play Dough Toolbox, click on the links to find out more…..
What is a Play Dough Toolbox?
Importance of Playing with Play Dough
More Play Dough Activity Ideas
More Subitising Activities
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Number Play Dough

We had so much fun making numbers with our Orange Scented Play Dough.  It is a fun activity to introduce or reinforce learning about numbers for kids and develop an understanding of ‘how many’ to make a number. 
This activity involves manipulating play dough to create numbers using the Printable Number Play Dough Mats as a guide.
What you will need?
You will need a blob of play dough, Printable Number Mats, number cookie cutters (optional), rolling pin and plastic knife.
I have laminated the Number Mats to make them last longer.
To download and print the Number Mats click here :  Printable Number Play Dough Mats
Miss 22 months rolling the play dough between the palms of her hands to create a ‘sausage like’ shape and then creating the shape of the number using the  Number Mats as a guide. 
Once the number shape is made, roll out a flat piece of play dough using the rolling pin and press the number cookie cutter corresponding to the number mat into the play dough to make that many of the number. In this case we put the number two cookie cutter into the play dough to make 2 number twos, as seen in the photo below.
Place the play dough numbers over the top of the pictures on the Number Mats to create ‘how many’ that number is made up of.
Miss 22 months only made one number with me before playing with the play dough by herself and Miss 4 also created a line of numbers using the tools provided for this activity.   It is also important to allow the freedom to play, experiment and explore with the play dough and after each activity this is encouraged.
The Number Play Dough activity is great for……
  • Spatial awareness – experimenting with shape and space
  • Eye and hand coordination
  • Fine motor development
  • Recognising numbers and how many to make the number.
Alphabet Play Mats
Printable Alphabet Play dough MatsWe also have Alphabet Play Dough Mats which you can download and print! 
Click on the image to view the full post.
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Counting Octopus

Number ActivitiesOctopus Counting is a fun and creative way to introduce numbers, learn to count, or for the older kids skip counting. 
I have done this activity with my kids before but thought I would do it again when Miss 5 who is interested in counting by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s.  I wanted to support her learning with a visual cue but make it fun too.
Counting Octopus has a paper plate head and 8 wiggly streamer legs with numbers attached in sequence at the bottom.
What you will need?
You will need sticky tape, large round paper plate, and streamers cut into eight strips and download Printable Numbers for Counting Octopus.
Skip Counting Acitivites for Kids
Miss 5 cut out the numbers and laid them out in order, counting by tens.  She then used sticky tape to attach the numbers in order on the ends of the streamers.  Good practise to re-order and sequence the numbers again.
When all the numbers were attached to the bottom of the streamers, Miss 5 sticky taped them to the back of the paper plate.  This was great for self-correction and checking the ordering of numbers again. 
Don’t forget to draw on a cute octopus face to finish off.
Counting Octopus is promotes fun and learning by:
  • Developing numeracy skills – Skip counting, number recognition and number patterns.
  • Fine motor development – cutting, gluing and manipulating craft materials.
  • Self-esteem – sense of achievement and pride.
Thanks for reading!
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Number Cookies

Fun numeracy activities for kidsAn irresistibly yummy numeracy activity for kids!
So much learning happens when we cook with our kids.  The social interactions, processing information, following directions, problem solving and coordination.
What you will need?
You will need Easy Cookie Dough Recipe, number cookie cutters and icing.  We used icing tubes but you can alternatively use a plastic zip lock bag and cut a small hole to squeeze the icing out. 
Working and developing those fine motor skills.  All this squeezing, pushing, and rolling are strengthening the hands, wrist and fingers in preparation for reading and writing.
Hand- eye coordination, spatial awareness and problem solving are also getting a work out; placing and pressing the cookie cutters to make best use of the space.  In other words, more cookies!
We placed our left our number cookies on the baking paper and directly placed it onto the baking tray. 
Who can resist??  A few cookies made it into our mouths before they even got iced.  It’s all part of the fun!  Icing the cookies was good practise for writing the numbers in the right starting position and sequence. 
There are several great numeracy learning opportunities, such as talking about what number it makes when you put a 1 and 7 together, 17.  We also laid the numbers in a row from 1 to 9.  
Learning links:
  •  Sensory- hands on feeling and manipulating the dough through the senses.
  • Fine motor skills- strengthening little muscles through manipulation and moulding the cookie dough.
  • Hand and eye coordination- watching and doing and coordinating these actions.
  • Language development – cooking is a social activity requiring speaking and listening, also developing vocabulary.
  • Self-esteem- a sense of pride and achievement
  • Numeracy- number recognition and sequencing
 Thanks for reading!
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