I remember the story of the Wide Mouthed Frog from my third grade teacher, who during summer breaks would perform as a storyteller. She left a big impression on me and I can only hope that I do her justice with the telling of this tale. I love really hamming up the southern drawl of the Wiiiide Mouuuuuth Froooog! The puppet is from Folkmanis and is fairly realistic. I use him with laminated photos of real animals, though you could certainly create felt creatures and a felt frog would work as well.
I ad-lib the story, but here’s the general tale, if you’re not familiar:
“Hi! I’m a wide-mouthed frog! I eat flies! What do you eat?” (I always ask the kids first and let them reply)
The wide-mouthed frog ate flies. He liked flies, but that was all he had ever eaten and he wondered if there were other things to eat that were even better than flies. So he went hopping around the lake until he came across a duck. (put up picture of duck) “Hi! I’m a wide-mouthed frog! I eat flies. What do you eat?” “Hello, I’m a duck and I like to eat grass and leaves and sometimes little fishies.” “Sounds good! So long, Mr. Duck!”
The wide-mouthed from continued around the lake when he came across a turtle. “Hi! I’m a wide-mouthed frog! I eat flies. What do you eat?” (very slowly) “Good afternoon. I’m a turtle and I like to eat worms, and mushrooms . . .” “Good to meet you Mr. Turtle. I’ll have to try that!”
The wide-mouthed from kept on hopping around the lake until he came across a little field mouse. “Hi! I’m a wide-mouthed frog! I eat flies. What do you eat?” “Hello! I am a mouse and I like to eat seeds and berries.” “Have a great day, Mr. Mouse”
So the wide-mouthed frog kept hopping along until he met an alligator. “Well, hello there! I’m a wide-mouthed frog! I eat flies. What do you eat?” (in your most sinister voice) “Why, I’m an alligator and I like to eat WIDE-MOUTHED FROGS” (purse your lips together) “Well, you don’t see may of those, now do you?” And the wide-mouthed from hopped away as fast as his froggy legs could carry him.