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Rafi Songs to Read illustrated by José Aruego and Ariane
*Flannel board characters
*5 Little Duck Puppets or Felt board Characters
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Counting 1 to 5
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to 6 year olds:
This is a really wonderful book and popular song to learn and practice
through 5 and color recognition. Five
Little Ducks, Rafi
Songs to Read: Illustrated
by José Aruego and Ariane Dewey.
* If you cannot obtain the book, here is a link to the song's
text and music! Print and use background music for the activity instead.
* This activity is appropriate
for Spring, Easter or a Mother's day theme. Any season is a wonderful way to celebrate with a Mommy Duck and
her five little ducklings.
* Duck Theme
lesson plan activities
Review and include printable materials addressing the alphabet
letter D, waterfowl bird facts, online jigsaw puzzles and more.
Activity #1: Easy Duckling Puppets and Flannel Board
Characters that support color recognition
and counting 1-5
Before reading the story/song prepare flannel board characters to
support the activity.
Steps for Flannel Board Characters:
1. Print this large
duck template to make Mommy Duck - print directly on
construction paper on any color you prefer (or red as she is
illustrated in the book) or print on white - cut around.
If you wish to preserve and reuse in other activities
laminate with transparent Contact paper for durability. Use dry erase
markers to write the letter or numbers on the body depending on
the activity. Tape
a small piece of sand paper to the back to
attach to a felt board.
2. Print this small
template using different colors of construction paper:
yellow, green, orange, blue, pink (these are the colors
illustrated in the book) or on focus primary and secondary colors. Follow the same procedure as for
Mommy Duck. Make sure to write numbers 1 thru 5 on the small
Steps for Hand-Held Puppets:
1. Print the smaller
template in black and white, assign and print numbers 1
thru 5 and distribute to the children.
2. Make color/number teams so two or more children will
color the image in a different color and hold the same number,
this way and all colors and numbers are represented.
3. Use crayons, markers or paints. Cut out the images -
older children may be able to practice scissor
4. Make sure each team can identify the color and number assigned.
Glue or tape decorated image to a craft stick, drinking straw or
half of toilet paper tube to hold during the reading &
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 read.
*Place Mommy Duck and the five little ducks felt board characters in
number order on the felt board.
*As you read the story, ask children from the color team #5 to remove number
5 from the flannel board, when the
first duck is "lost," ask the children what color is the
little duck that is leaving, then color team # 4 and so forth, until all 5 ducks
are removed. If the teams are large, then ask the
color/number team to stand up and go around in a circle to
represent the little duck that is lost, and sit back for the
next team to do the same. Continue to reinforce the number
and color of the duck. If you are conducting the activity
with fewer children then the child removes the felt board
character and mimics leaving the room and returns.
*At the end of the story, reunite all five ducks 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!
Try singing the song by verse to reinforce one more time.
Ideas for other uses for duck felt board characters
* Use the ducks to decorate at home or childcare or preschool bulletin board for
Easter time and reinforce the numbers.
*Make a simple mobile using a paper towel tube,
cover with construction paper, use some string or leftover ribbon
of different lengths and hang in your child's play area
by a window where your child can see it. Also, you can just
tape the images to a door or place in the refrigerator door.
*Make a large handprint cut-outs wreath from all the children and
attach the ducks around the wreath, add paper decorated Easter
*Make a Number Banner: Glue the Ducks with number 1 thru 5
printed on them to a paper banner (refer to this
activity for instructions and ideas), the children can help
make the banner.
* Print this
Large Duck template once on red construction paper.
Make 5 copies in different colors.
Print the same template for children to color and practice numbers
* glue (optional)
* craft sticks or drinking straws or toilet paper tubes for
*Small pieces of sand paper so template can be
placed on a flannel board.
*Something to color with: paints, crayons or markers