Whilst out, trying to jump like frogs, Cian fell head first into a pile of nettles taller than me. To distract him from the nasty nettle rash on his face, under his chin and all over his chest and armpits, his big brothers decided to set up a reading den to cheer him up.


  • 5 Little Speckled Frogs


Cian (19 months) loves reading books, music and singing. If you combine all three, with the undivided attention of Ioan and Finn, he is a happy boy. Ioan asked Cian to fetch the 5 Little Speckled Frogs book from the book basket, which he did. Finn reminded him to find his frog, he carried it back, saying his version of “Ribbit, ribbit!”

What I love most about this video, is that the music in the book is a bit to fast to sing along to, so the speed of their singing is staggered by age.

They then read the book on loop.

DfES Outcomes for EYFS (2013)

Communication and language

Listening (16 to 26 months)

  • Listens to and enjoys rhythmic patterns in rhymes and stories.
  • Enjoys rhymes and demonstrates listening by trying to join in with actions or vocalisations.

Understanding (16 to 26 months)

• Selects familiar objects by name and will go and find objects when asked, or identify objects from a group.

Speaking (16 to 26 months)

  • Copies familiar expressions, e.g. ‘Oh dear’, ‘All gone’.

Personal, social and emotional development

Self-confidence and self-awareness (16 to 26 months)

  • Gradually able to engage in pretend play with toys (supports child to understand their own thinking may be different from others).

Making relationships (16 to 26 months)

  • Plays alongside others.


Reading (16 to 26 months)

• Interested in books and rhymes and may have favourites.


Numbers (16 to 26 months)

  • Knows that things exist, even when out of sight.

The World

Technology (16 to 26 months)

  • Shows interest in toys with buttons, flaps and simple mechanisms and beginning to learn to operate them.