Week one of the Readathon (sponsored by MeMeTales and PBS Kids) has arrived! I hope that you have signed up on the MeMeTales website, so that you can read along and participate as we explore books about animals this week:
Each week, I will be previewing the books and bringing you a special activity to make those books come alive for you and your kids. And, I have a surprise for you. Today’s activity based on The Five Little Ducklings can either be a craft, outdoor activity, or just a virtual activity through my blog.
Craft for The Five Little Ducklings: Pom-Pom Ducks
I am on a pom-pom, pipe-cleaner crafting streak (see my Sandy’s Circus and my Elephant and Piggie Play Set), so I figured we would make some ducks too. They were so easy to put together, and I’m loving how cute they turned out.
Using yellow pom-poms in various sizes (Hobby Lobby carries inexpensive bags of pom-poms), I hot-glued a smaller pom-pom head to a larger pom-pom body. With small scraps of orange pipe-cleaner, I then shaped small beaks. For the mother duck, I also made pipe-cleaner feet as well as a tail and wings out of yellow pipe-cleaners. I found that some yellow buttons hot-glued to the bottoms of the ducklings helped keep them from toppling over. Of course, be careful hot-gluing, especially when gluing buttons with holes.
A young child wouldn’t be able to hot-glue, but they could pick out the pom-poms and shape the pipe-cleaners. The ducks make an excellent play set.
Outdoor Activity for The Five Little Ducklings: Find the Ducks
Next, we took our ducks outside. I hid them different places and let Ben and Grace find the ducks. We practiced counting the ducks as we located them. We also sang the folk song Five Little Ducks Went Out to Play that corresponds with the picture book. Hiding the ducks soon turned into playing with the ducks with our construction vehicles. Who knew that miniature ducks could entertain children for so long?
Virtual Activity for The Five Little Ducklings: Find the Ducks in the Photos
Sometimes reading all the fun ideas on the internet can be overwhelming. So, I decided to give you a break and create a virtual duck finding game in case crafting or hiding ducks is not something that you have time for. Here are some photos for your kids to look for and count all five ducklings. Can you help the mother duck find her babies?
Two classic duck books that also would complement this activity are:
Are you participating in the Readathon? It’s not too late to sign-up! (Read more about the Readathon here.)