Stomping in the Mud Play Group is a rich, natural outdoor play environment where children have the opportunity to play outside,
rain or shine ... a chance for preschoolers to 'live in the moment' while learning through play.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Five Green And Speckled Frogs...

...Sat on a speckled log eating the most delicious bugs, yum yum. One jumped into the pool where it was nice and cool - now there are only 4 green and speckled frogs! The children love this song and request it often...but what child can resist 'helping' the frogs make their jump?

Last week we took the freckled frog jumping to a whole new level...we added all the frogs we could find to the pool!

The extended play that grew from this simple act was wonderful self-directed, social and imaginative.

The play involved problem solving, sharing, negotiating and compromising. All are very important lessons that help children learn about themselves and their world.

   Before we knew it, the frog play was then transferred to the painting and print making table.
The frogs were now swimming in pools of paint...

and part of the printing process!

It was very rewarding and exciting to see the favourite little song develop...

into such a powerful open-ended exploration of the children's play.

This is learning through play at its best; self-directed, full of literacy experiences and lots of fun!


  1. I loved your post Gaie! The children look to have had an open ended experience and Who Doesn't Love Green and Speckled Frogs to play with?????

  2. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting, Suzi. The children are such wonderful inspiration!