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Five Little Ducks Book Song | Learning Numbers 1-5 and Colors
Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities
five little ducks numbers colors craft

Five Little Ducks book Five Little Ducks, (Raffi Songs to Read) illustrated by José Aruego and Ariane Dewey

Find @ a library Five Little Ducks, Raffi Songs to Read is a really wonderful book and popular song to learn and practice numbers 1 to 5, subtraction concepts, and color recognition.

Here is a read-out-aloud of the boardbook on YouTube.

Here is Raffi, the song writer, singing the song @ YouTube.

Duck theme lesson plan activities
Review and include printable activities addressing alphabet letter D, duck facts, online jigsaw puzzles and more.

Materials for banner or flannel board

  • paper
  • scissors
  • glue for banner
  • craft sticks or drinking straws for hand puppets
  • Small pieces of sand paper for flannel board
  • Coloring tools
  • 1 sheet of construction paper cut lengthwise for banner

Five Little Ducks banner photo
Banner illustration
Activity 1: Flannel board or banner activity > color recognition and counting 1-5

Before reading the story and song prepare the materials for a banner or flannel board activity.

Steps for flannel board character cards and craft-stick puppets:
1.  For display, print color template, cut along solid lines.

2.  For children:

Ages 4 and under: Print color version, cut out, and attach cards to craft sticks for hand puppets or make the banner suggested, instructions below.Ages 4+: Print coloring format.  Instruct to color using the same colors as the book or select primary and secondary colors, identify the numerals. Practice scissor cutting or help as needed.

Suggested presentation procedure:  Color & Number  Practice 1 thru 5 Activity, Music

Read the story from the book or print the song from the link provided and sing.

Place Mommy Duck and the five little ducks (ducklings) felt board characters in number order on the felt board.

As you read the story, remove number 5 from the flannel board, when the first duck is "lost," ask the children what color is the little duck that is left,  and so forth, until all five ducks are removed.  Continue to reinforce the number and color of the ducklings.

For older children, discuss subtraction concepts and write simple equations:

"5 ducks minus 1 duck equals 4 ducks."   At the end of the story, reunite all five ducklings on the flannel board or hold all ducks together.  Have all the children cheer and hold up their puppets to celebrate the duck family is reunited!

Craft template:

Five Little Ducks Numbers & ColorsColor  or  Coloring format