This featured nature book for kids Noisy Frog Sing-Along is a picture book written by John Himmelman. Noisy Frog Sing-Along is an interactive book of noises for children ages 4-6. This book gets children engaged with their sense of sound and breaks the expectations that all frogs say “ribbit” in a fun and intriguing way.
My Experience with Noisy Frog Sing-Along
I have used this featured nature book for kids for story hour, at camp and it is one of my favorite gifts for reptile and amphibian birthday parties. To get this story hour off to a “hopping” start I began with the book A Wood Frog’s Life by John Himmelman and then read Noisy Frog Sing-Along, also by John Himmelman (I bet you can’t guess that I like his stuff, huh?). The wood frog book was a great intro since it covered the life cycle of a frog and also a wood frog’s sound which was absent from Noisy Frog Sing-Along. While we read Noisy Frog Sing-Along I encouraged the kiddos to make the sounds as I was reading (e.g. for bullfrog we all said, “jug-o-rum, jug-o-rum”). After reading both books we “jumped” into our two crafts.
Noisy Frog Sing-Along Crafts
After reading about frogs, their sounds and their life cycles we got the opportunity to create a squishy pond. In order to make this happen we had to have a lot of help from adults, but it was “toad-ily” worth it! Using mostly clear hair gel and a little colored we filled a sandwich bag about 1/4 of the way full. We then dropped in 2-3 pre-cut craft foam frogs and toads as well as two spoonfuls of orbeez or water gems to act like frog eggs. Once everything was in we sealed the bags and put packing tape across the top to keep it all from oozing out on the car ride home. Even though it took a lot of adult help this sensory bag was a blast for the kids to try to find the frog eggs. Due to their clear nature the frog eggs camouflaged right into the gel, similar to frog eggs in nature, and could only be located by squishing the bag in hand.
Our second craft was a product craft that encouraged creative play, which is the way I like my product crafts. We used construction paper, googly eyes, staplers and glue to make a frog headband that we wore outside to call to the frogs during our hike. We simply stapled the pieces of green together after measuring the children’s heads as well as stapled two half circles at the top for the whole big-eyed-frog look. Then the kiddos picked out two googly eyes and pasted those into place. Lastly, the curly tongue got added to finish off the frog look (my favorite part was the tongues that kept flopping into the kids’ eyes as they were running down the trail 🙂 )
Noisy Frog Sing-Along Outdoor Activities
With this story hour being all about frogs naturally we had to visit the pond to try to catch them! Our half an hour outside time was spent looking for, dipping and catching frogs. We got our hands on a couple of adult green frogs, a ton of green frog tadpoles and even a few wood frogs from the forest behind the pond.
Overall, I would most definitely suggest this book for kiddos of all early childhood ages; it’s interactive, it’s exciting and it’s fun! Let this book inspire you to get out there and catch your own friggity frogs!!!