Member Bonnie Lockhart learned this song from member Pam Donkin at our national conference in 1999, and is still singing it! We love the learning, sharing and singing that goes on at our conferences. Our next one is coming up in just a week. Are you coming? (Photo by Charlesjsharp)
Frog Song is my favorite songs to use with both pre-school and school aged audiences and classes. Pam Donkin shared this at a National Gathering-probably in 1999- and then it was included in PIO!-issue #36.
In classes, I teach the little frogs line (Gero, gero, gero, gero, gwa, gwa, gwa) to one group; the big frog Gwa, Gwa, Gwa) to another group; both done as ostinato.
Older kids can sing the whole thing as a round. I’ve also made an Orff-type arrangement for 2nd/ 3rd graders who play the big frog part and simplified version of little frog part on marimbas as ostinato throughout song.
In performance, I often pair it up with the USA camp song: (Hear the lively song of the frogs in yonder pond! Crick, Crick, Crickety Crick! Buuuurmp!)
When I found two adorable frog puppets, big & small, the piece was sealed into a long-time favorite!
Thanks so much for teaching this, Pam!
The Frog Song by Pam Donkin:
For a look at Pam’s contribution to PIO! and her lovely story about learning the song, click here: frog-song
Here, with the wonders of Youtube, a link to a Japanese singer. Many variations pop up if you follow this link. But this one is closest to what Pam taught.