Toddler Programs Chapter

By Heather Coleson

Hop into Australia

Books to Share

Hop Jump by Ellen Stoll Walsh.

I Love It When You Smile by Sam McBratney.

Jump, Frog, Jump! by Robert Kalan.

Little White Duck by Walt Whippo.

Who Are You, Baby Kangaroo by Stella Blackstone and Clare Beaton.

Books to Show or Booktalk

Elmer and the Kangaroo by David McKee.

Kangaroos by Jill Anderson.

A Koala’s World by Caroline Arnold.

One Woolly Wombat by Rod Trinca and Kerry Argent.

Bulletin Board

Hop Into Storytime!

Cover the bulletin board with blue butcher paper. Decorate the bulletin board with frogs of all sizes and colors sitting on lily pads in a lake.



Use the frog pattern provided in this program to make nametags.

Sign Language

Demonstrate the sign for frog. Instructions can be found at Lesson Tutor,


Sing “Gunk, Gunk” on page 115 in 2’s Experience Fingerplays by Liz and Dick Wilmes.

Rhymes and Poetry

Five Green and Speckled Frogs


Five green and 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 green and speckled frogs

Glub, Glub!

Repeat counting down the frogs, 4, 3, 2, 1. For the last time, end the rhyme by saying “Then there were no more speckled frogs. Glub! Glub!”

Recite “Ten Little Froggies” from Preschool Education at

Recite “Froggy Dance” on page 183 of The Big Book of Stories, Songs, and Sing-Alongs by Beth Maddigan.

Audio Recordings

“Willaby Wallaby Woo” on Yummy Yummy by The Wiggles.

“Come on Let’s Jump” on Yummy Yummy by The Wiggles.


Green Frog


In advance, print and cut out one frog for each child. Make a lily pad for each child using the pattern provided in this program. Give each child a pre-cut frog, pre-cut lily pad, glue stick, and a piece of blue construction paper. Glue the lily pad and frog to the construction paper. Color the frog with a green crayon or marker. Distribute the pre-cut green and blue tissue paper squares, and allow the toddlers to glue the tissue paper to their frog, lily pad, and the blue pond.

Find the lily pad pattern and the green frog pattern at the end of this program.

green toad with red spots, on a lily pad, and resting on blue paper

Koala Paper Craft

Make a simple “Koala Paper Craft” at from DLTK at

Circle Fractions Frog Craft

Make the “Circle Fractions Frog Craft” from DLTK at

Games and Activities

Frogs on Lily Pads

Play the math game “Frogs on Lily Pads” using the instructions from Jean Warren’s Preschool Express at

Freddie the Frog

Play “Freddie the Frog,” a bean bag game using the instructions from Preschool Rainbow at

Web Sites

National Geographic Kids

This site provides facts, photos, and video of Australia with links to similar information on Australia’s Cane Toads and koalas.

Professional Resources

All About Frogs for Kids and Teachers

Frog facts, frog songs, frog stories, and more are available on this web site.

Program Materials

Hop into Australia – Frog Nametag Pattern

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Frog Nametag Patter - Six frogs on sheet

Hop into Australia – Green Frog Pattern

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Green Frog Pattern - Large Frog with several large spots, the frog is shown in profile view, two legs and one eye

Hop into Australia – Green Frog Lily Pad Pattern

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Lily Pad Pattern - two large lily pads on sheet

Texas Reading Club 2010 Programming Manual / Catch the Reading Express!

Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

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