Five Little Speckled Frogs

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


A recording of a single verse of the song "Five Little Speckled Frogs," with the viola playing the vocal portion.

One version of the song is:[2]

 \transpose bes d { \key ees \major \time 4/4 bes'8 bes'4 c''8 bes' g' ees' r | ees'' ees''4 f''8 ees'' c'' aes' r | bes' bes'4 c''8 bes' g' ees' g' | f' r bes' r bes' r4. | bes'8 bes'4 c''8 bes' g' ees' r | ees'' ees''4 f''8 ees'' c'' aes' r | bes' bes'4 c''8 bes' aes' g' f' | ees' r ees' r ees' r4. \bar "|." } \addlyrics { Five lit -- tle speck -- led frogs Sat on a speck -- led log Eat -- ing some most de -- lic -- ious bugs (yum yum) One jumped in -- to the pool Where it was nice and cool Now there are four green speck -- led frogs (glub glub) }


Alternate versions of the song uses flies, clinkers, or grubs instead of bugs. Some use "green and" instead of "little", "great big log" instead of "speckled log", or change the last frog's reference to "he", "she", or "it".[citation needed]

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 "(glub, glub)", repeat the same movement as in the second line except look upward as though you were a frog underneath water.


  1. ^ "Five Little Speckled Frogs | Counting and Math Rhymes". 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.

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