It has been a while since I did a maths activity that was inspired by something, so this week I made one based on the nursery rhyme “5 Little Speckled Frogs”.  In case you don’t know the words it goes:

5 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 4 green speckled frogs,
Glub, Glub.

I had thought about doing this with rocks and painting them, but I already did that for the “5 Little Ducks” one, so this time I ended up making origami jumping frogs!  I also made 10 so that YC could work on her higher numbers.

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To make your origami frogs you will need:

  • Origami paper – you can get this pretty much anywhere, but ours came from Muji.
  • Pens
  • Googly eyes (optional)

To make the origami frogs:

With the coloured side of the paper facing down, fold the paper in half.

Then fold top edge down to the left edge of the paper (it should make a triangle), then unfold.

Repeat step 2, but this time fold to the right.  Then unfold it.

Next turn the paper around.

For the top edge down and unfold.

Turn the paper back around.

Fold the two edges towards the centre, the top of your rectangle will fold down to make a triangle.

Fold the bottom edge of the paper up so that it meets the bottom of your triangle.

Fold up the two flaps of your triangle; this will form the front feet.

Fold the two edges in so that they meet in the centre.

Fold the bottom edge of the paper up so that it meets the bottom of the legs and then unfold.

Put your fingers into the edge flaps and pull the bottom corners out to the edge.  The bottom edge should come up to touch the bottom of you front feet.                                                                                                    IMG_1857

Fold those corners down so that they meet in the middle.

To make the back feet fold the bottom corners out.

Create a zigzag fold at the bottom of the figure; folding the bottom half up and then the bottom quarter back down.

Finished frog

Finished frog

Now make 4 or 9 more of them!

For the best results, use the back of your nail or a knife to smooth down those folds.

We gave each of our frogs a number, some speckles and some eyes.

Now you are ready to go!

YC trying to make it jump

YC trying to make it jump

YC really enjoyed playing with them, and although she couldn’t quite get them to hop, she did like flicking them off their log.

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Origami frogs for use in a maths activity inspired by the song 5 little speckled frogs.