Five Little Speckled Frogs

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"Five Little Speckled Frogs" is a nursery rhyme that came from the United States.[1] Like Ten Green Bottles, this song is meant to teach children subtraction by singing about frogs jumping off a log into a pool, one by one.

Lyrics[change | change source]

A recording made from one line of the song "Five Little Speckled Frogs".

One version of the song is:[2]

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
Eating some most delicious bugs
Yum-yum!
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Then there were three speckled frogs.
Glub! Glub!

Three 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 two speckled frogs.
Glub! Glub!

Two 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 was one speckled frog.
Glub! Glub!

One little speckled frog
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 no more speckled frogs.
Glub! Glub!

Versions[change | change source]

Different versions of the song uses flies, clinkers, or bugs instead of grubs. Some use "green and" instead of "little", or change the last frog's reference to "he", "she", or "it".[source?]

Hand motions[change | change source]

There are hand motions people can follow during the song.[3]

  • Line #1: By show of fingers, hold up the number of frogs sitting on the log.
  • Line #2: Draw in your hands close to your chest and curl your fingers downward, facing the floor as though you are a frog perched atop a log.
  • Line #3: Pretend to eat while you sing 'Eating some most delicious bugs', then rub your belly while singing 'yum, yum!'.
  • Line #4: Hold one finger up to show the frog who fell off the log.
  • Line #5: Pretend to fall over.
  • Line #6: By a show of fingers, hold up the number of frogs still on the log while singing "Now there are four green speckled frogs". Upon singing "(glub, glub)", do it again, except look up as though you were a frog underneath the water.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Five Little Speckled Frogs | Counting and Math Rhymes". etc.usf.edu. Retrieved 2017-02-14.
  2. "Five Little Speckled Frogs". Retrieved 2021-06-08.
  3. Lorina. "Five Little Speckled Frogs – Aussie Childcare Network". Retrieved 2017-02-14.