Oi Frog continued

Having played with our oi frog cards this week, I’ve refined and come up with games that work best for toddler-preschool age:

Rhyming bingo:

Split cards into 2 piles (one – things that will sit on, second pile, the things to be sat on)

Divide the animal pile (things that will be sitting on) between the players. Around 4 each works well.

Spread the second pile face down on the table. Laying them in a grid can help memory.

Take it in turns to turn over a middle card, if it rhymes with one of your cards, then keep it, if not, put it back. Other players remember where the cards they need are, so they can pick on their turn.

Look and find:

Again, split the cards into 2 decks (ones to sit and ones to be sat on) spread one deck out face up on the table, take it in turns to turn over the top card of the other deck. Look for something that rhymes with that card, as soon as you spot it, grab the rhyming card from the face up grid and shout the pair (e.g. you turn over Yoda, scan the table looking for something that rhymes, spot Skoda and put your hand on it, or grab it, shouting “Yoda sits on a Skoda”) you can play as a competition, winning hands, or work together, seeing how quickly you can get them all.


Oi Frog (Kes Gray & Jim Field)

oifrogThis book has captured our whole family’s hearts. It’s a very funny book, in which a cat tells a frog that he must sit on a log, because he’s a frog. He can’t sit on a chair as hares sit on chairs. The cat goes on to explain all of the different, ridiculous pairings of where animals sit. I realised how much everyone loved this book, a little too late; we returned our bag of library books just before Christmas, and neither child asked to renew any of them, then at bedtime, Bean excitedly asked for “Oi, Frog” and collapsed in tears when I said it was one that had gone back to the library. She’d obviously thought it was one of our own. We’ll have to buy a copy soon.

Anyway, the activity for this has evolved naturally, and been very much child led. We’ll be wandering around and suddenly one of us will shout “Oi frog, sit on a log” and we’ll all start calling out animals and things for them to sit on. Bean (2) doesn’t get the rhyming, but has memorised couplets from the book and throws these out. Jumbles (4) is getting good at coming up with his own rhyming pairs, and trying to catch us out with things that are very hard to rhyme.

So for today’s activity, simply read the book and play the verbal rhyming game. Or print out the cards I’ve made.

oi frog cards

There are 2 ways to use them…

1) Just use the animal cards, go on a family hunt sticking them on things around the house which they rhyme with
2) Play matching pairs with the cards, turn them all upside down and on your turn, turn 2 of them over. If they rhyme, you’ve won that pair. Note there are a few which have more than one matching possibility.

I added names to my set, with photo’s of the children, as Bean’s real name rhymes with something. Jumbles’s doesn’t, so I called him Jumbles (and rhymed with apple crumbles) if your child’s name rhymes, add it in.



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