Every month the song/dance/activity will change. Many of the songs will be from my Recordings. Please print the page and do the activity with your child. Teachers may print the page to use with their classes. If you have questions, Contact Me.
Listen to the whole song on H.U.M - Highly Usable Music or hear it here:
Why do kids like DUCKS so much? Is it their funny sound - quack! quack? Is it their fuzzy down as ducklings? Could it be that big bill and quizzical look? Lots of children's literature includes ducks (Make Way for Ducklings is my favorite), and songs – well there's a bunch of them! From Raffi's signature recording of "Six Little Ducks" to my childhood favorite, "Little Duckie Duddle" –- which you can hear on my Tiny Tunes cd. With this wonderful song, kids can waddle and quack –- it will quack you up! (sorry, couldn't resist!) WARNING: this song is one of those "gets stuck in your brain" songs –- it'll make you quackers!
I make Duck Sticks – large yellow posterboard ducks on a dowel or paint-stirring stick. You can get about 9 ten-inch ducks out of one posterboard – see pattern below. Use packing tape to attach stick. This is a favorite activity of even my smallest students! Giving them a visual focus makes the activity even more engaging.
Ducks like rain! Ducks like rain!
Quack quack quack quack quack
(repeat quack series, then do verse again.)
DUCKIE COUNTDOWN (spoken):
One little duck says Quack! Quack! Quack!
Walk with a waddle (bottom stuck out behind you) during the verse. Stand still and wave your duck stick up and down during first quacking sequence, then turn around and face outward while wiggling your "tail feathers" during the second Quack sequence. Then walk around again.
To put your duck sticks away, do the countdown, then collect them from the children as they come "home" to you, quacking all the way!
Age Range: 18 mos – 4 years old!
Purpose: Animal sound identification, imaginative play, vocabulary, and moving within a group
Book Buddy: I love the Big Book from Scholastic Press: 5 Little Ducks – you can use your duck sticks to act it out, too!