Five Little Speckled Frogs

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"Five Little Speckled Frogs" is a nursery rhyme that originated in the United States.[1] The song is meant to teach children subtraction by describing frogs jumping off a log into a pool, the number of frogs thus descending one by one throughout the song.


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The above musical notation shows one variant of the song.[2]

Five little speckled frogs
Sat on a speckled log
Eating the most delicious grubs (yum yum)
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Then there were four green speckled frogs. (glup glup)

The verse is then repeated with one fewer frog each time. The final verse ends "Then there were no green speckled frogs."

Hand motions[edit]

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: Mimic eating while you sing 'Eating some most delicious bugs', then rub your belly delightfully while singing 'yum, yum!'.
  • Line #4: Hold one finger up to represent 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 remaining on the log while singing "Now there are four green speckled frogs". Upon singing "(glup, glup)", repeat the same movement as in the second line except look upward as though you were a frog underneath water.[4]


  1. ^ "Five Little Speckled Frogs | Counting and Math Rhymes | Traditional | Lit2Go ETC". Retrieved 2017-02-14.
  2. ^ This was transcribed as heard sung by a little girl on a public bus in Cambridge, UK, January 2017.
  3. ^ Lorina. "Five Little Speckled Frogs – Aussie Childcare Network". Retrieved 2017-02-14.
  4. ^ "Five Little Speckled Frogs".