Duck Theme

See also Frog, Turtle, and Pond Themes





Books

All My Little Ducklings - Monica Wellington

Five Little Ducks - J. Geering

Five Little Ducks - Raffi

Have You Seen My Duckling? - Nancy Tafuri

Little Duck - Peggy Tagel (pop-up book)

Little Duck's Easter Surprise - Nancy Krulik

Make Way for Ducklings - Robert McClosky

One Duck Stuck - Phyllis Root

Runaway Duck - David Lyon

The Little Duck - Judy Dunn

The Story about Ping - Marjorie Flack

Three Ducks Went Wandering - Ron Roy



Songs, Poems, Stories, & Fingerplays

Little Ducks Song

Little ducks go quack, quack, quack
Quack, quack, quack,
quack, quack, quack-
Little ducks go quack, quack, quack
In the springtime.

~Submitted by Trena

Ducks

Ducks are lucky
Don't you think?
When they want to
Take a drink,
All they do is
Duck their bill.
(Doesn't matter
If they spill.)
When they want to
Take a swim,
All they do is
Dive right in;
And they never
Seem to sink.
Ducks are lucky,
Don't you think?

~Submitted by Carol

Five Little Ducks - Finger Puppet Glove

Five little ducks went out to play
over the hills and far away
When mother duck said
Quack, quack, quack!
Only four little ducks came back.
reduce by one until you are down to one left and the last line is
One little duck went out to play
over the hills and far away
When mother duck said
Quack, quack, quack!
five little ducks came running back...

~Submitted by Cheryl of Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare


Six Little Ducks

Six little ducks that I once knew
Fat ones, skinny ones, fair ones, too
But the one little duck with the feather on his back
He led the others with a quack, quack, quack
Quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack
He led the others with a quack, quack, quack
Down to the river they would go
Wibble, wobble, wibble, wobble, to and fro
But the one little duck with the feather on his back
He led the others with a quack, quack, quack
Quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack
He led the others with a quack, quack, quack
Back from the river they would come
Wibble, wobble, wibble, wobble, ho, hum, hum
But the one little duck with the feather on his back
He led the others with a quack, quack, quack
Quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack
He led the others with a quack, quack, quack.

~Submitted by Cheryl of Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare


The Duck

Behold the duck.
It does not cluck.
A cluck it lacks.
It quacks.
It is especially fond.
Of a puddle or pond
When it dines or sups,
It bottoms up.

~Submitted by Cheryl of Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare


Five little ducks paddling to shore,
One paddled away, then there were four;
Four little ducks paddling towards me,
One padled away, then there were three:
Three little ducks paddling towards you,
One paddled away, then there were two:
Two little ducks paddling in the sun,
One paddled away, then there was one:
It paddled away then there was none.

~Submitted by Cheryl of Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare


The Little Ducklings

Have the children act out the movements described as you recite the following poem.

All the little ducklings
Line up in a row.
Quack, quack, quack.
And away they go.

They follow their mother
Waddling to and fro.
Quack, quack, quack,
And away they go.

Down to the big pond
Happy as can be.
Quack, quack, quack,
They are full of glee.

They jump in the water
And bob up and down.
Quack, quack, quack,
They swim all around.

All the little ducklings
Swimming far away.
Quack, quack, quack.
They'll play another day.

~Submitted by Cheryl of Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare


Little Duck

I am a little duck that goes quack, quack, quack.
(Make hand be duck's mouth and it quacks).
And I've got lots of feathers on my back, back, back.
(Wave hands near bottom to indicate tail feathers).
And when I go down to the lake,
I wiggle and I wobble and I shake, shake, shake.
(Wobble and shake around like a duck).
And when I go to sleep at night,
(Pretend to be sleeping with hands as pillows).
I close my eyes very tight.
But in the morning when I wake,
I wiggle land I wobble and I shake, shake, shake.

~Submitted by Cheryl of Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare


Quack Quack - poem by Dr. Seuss

We have two ducks. One blue. One black.
And when our blue duck goesQUACK , "quack, quack,"
Our black duck quickly quack quacks back.
The quacks Blue quacks, makes her quite a quacker;
But Black is a quicker quacker backer.

~Submitted by Cheryl of Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare


Ducky Dawdle

Little ducky dawdle
Was swimming in a puddle, quite small!
Said it didn't matter,
If he splashed or splattered.
I'm only a ducky afterall, quack, quack!

~Submitted by Cheryl of Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare


Ducks

Look, look, look!
Three ducks in a brook!
One is white and one is brown,
And one is swimming upside down.

~Submitted by Cheryl of Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare


Three Little Ducks That I Once Knew

Three little ducks that I once knew.
A fat one, a skinny one, a yellow one too.
But the one little duck with a feather on his back
He ruled the others with his quack, quack, quack!
Quack, quack, quack.
He ruled the other with his quack, quack, quack.

Down to the meadow they would go.
Wibble, wobble, wibble, wobble to and fro.
But the one little duck with the feathers on his back.
He led the others with his quack, quack.
Quack, quack, quack.
He led the others with his quack, quack, quack.

Home from the river they would come.
Wibble, wobble, wibble wobble, ho, hum.
But the one little duck with the feather on his back.
He led the others with his quack, quack, quack.
Quack, quack, quack.
He led the others with his quack, quack, quack.

~Submitted by Cheryl of Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare


I'm A Duck - sung to "Frere Jacques"

I'm a duck, I'm a duck,
Watch me waddle, watch me waddle.
Hear me when I talk,
Hear me when I talk.
Quack, quack, quack; quack, quack, quack.

~Submitted by Cheryl of Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare


Summer Days - Story

It ws a hot, sunny day in the summer. Mother Duck and her fluffy little ducklings were taking a walk. Mother quacked, "Today the pond is warm and you will have your first swimming lesson. All little ducks must learn to swim."

All the ducklings waddled into the water, except for David Duck. He said, "I don't want a swimming lesson. I want to watch today."

All the ducklings waddled into the water, except for David Duck. He said, "I don't want a swimming lesson. I want to watch today."

The other ducks splashed and popped under the water to look for bugs. They paddled their feet and played tag. What fun!

Cathy Caterpillar crawled by and asked David why he wasn't swimming. "I don't like to get water in my eyes," said the little duck.

Francis Frog hopped over and said, "Jump in the water!" David Duck said, "It's too deep for me."

Terry Turtle crawled along and said, "I'll show you how to swim." "No, thank you, I just want to watch," said David.

Bobby Blackbird flew by and laughed. "I bet you're afraid to get in the water!" he cawed. "Can you imagaine, a duck afraid of water?"

Just then, Mother Duck swam over to David and said that it was okay to watch sometimes. Maybe tomorrow he might want to try swimming.

~Submitted by Cheryl of Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare


Little White Duck

There's a little white duck (quack)
Sittin' in the water
There's a little white duck (quack)
Doin what he oughter.
He took a bite of the lily pad
Flapped his wings & he said,
"I'm glad, I'm a little white duck
Sittin' in the water."
(Quack, quack, quack)

~Submitted by Cheryl of Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare



Arts & Crafts

Duck Footprints

Mix Orange and/or yellow paint. Pour in a large pie tin. Place one or two (small) spatulas on top of each color of paint. The children "walk" the spatulas across the paper to make prints. Talk about how the spatulas make a shape like the duck's webbed feet. (Another time use forks to make chick's feet.)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Paper Plate Ducks

Give the kids paper plates. Let them decorate the backs of their plates with markers and orange construction paper bills for the ducks mouths. Staple half of a paper plate over the front of each whole paper plate to make a pocket. Let them put in their hands to make their puppets move.

~Submitted by Andrea

Ducks

Materials:

Construction Paper
Glue
Cornmeal

Draw a Duck on Construction paper and cut out. Apply glue to the inside of the duck shape, and then sprinkle on cornmeal. Let dry and remove the excess meal.

~Submitted by Cheryl of Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare



Theme Ideas

Dunk The Ducks

Fill a soft-sided inflatable wading pool or use a water table with about 3 inches of water and put three or four plastic floating ducks in it. Then fill several squirt bottles with water. Invite the children to use the square bottles to "dunk the ducks."

~Submitted by Cheryl of Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare



In The Kitchen

Ducky Treats

Need:
yellow cake mix
yellow food coloring
yellow frosting
coconut
few chocolate chips
few candy corns

Adult should prepare cupcakes for the duck's head using a yellow cake mix. For the duck's face, the children can hlp to add a few drops of yellow food coloring to coconut and set aside. Spread each cupcake with yellow frosting. Sprinkle with yellow coconut. Add two chocolate chips for eyes and a candy corn for the beak. Watch everyone go QUACKERS for their treat.

~Submitted by Cheryl of Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare


Marshmallow Ducks

Need:
large marshmallows
vanilla frosting
candy corns

candy for "eyes"

Using a marshmallow, children can attach candy with frosting for eyes and mouth.

~Submitted by Cheryl of Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare



Links

Duck Paper Plate Craft - Enchanted Learning
Preschool Duck Theme - Everything Preschool
Duck Theme - First School





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