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These are two crafts in two sizes that can help introduce a duck, goose or gander. The smaller version is easier for younger children and can be to help children learn baby animal names: duckling and gosling.  A set of large and small version can be made to make a duck or geese family.

The crafts can stand-up so they make great decorations and dramatic play toys. It is important to print to card stock or size construciton paper to fit your printer. The templates can also be traced onto thin paper plate and cut out.

Visit these two lesson plans that include printable materials addressing the alphabet letter, animal facts, numbers, online jigsaw puzzles and more: Duck lesson plan activities | Goose lesson plan activities

Both crafts can be made by replacing template #1 (body) for a standard thin (10"- 8") paper plate and the small version can be assembled by using a 6"-5" small thin paper plate.

The "feathered tail" is created with cut out handprints or painted handprints. Other options for the feathers are: craft feathers, or elongated ovals in different sizes.

Printing Options:
Ahead of time > Trace or paint and cut out 2 handprints for small plate or 4 to 6 handprints for large version.

Option 1: 
Print all color or black & white templates and proceed to assembly instructions below

Option 2: 
Large version only > Use a thin paper plate instead of template #1 and draw and cut out a head separately. Print template #2 color version. Paint/decorate the back of the paper plate in the color desired, wait until plate is dry and proceed with assembly as described below.

Option 3: Large version only > Print black & white version to color paper, templae 1 in a main color, and template two to a complimentary color.

Option 5:  Small version only >
Use a small paper plate instead of template #1 black and white.  Paint the plate in desired color. Print template #2 black and white onto a complementary color or print onto white paper and color these pieces separately. 

All versions:
Children can color and decorate all other templates and pieces proceed with assembly described below.

Assembly instructions > At this point all template pieces and or paper plate should be decorated and hand prints are ready.
  1. Fold template #1 (body) or paper plate in half, color/painted side is showing on both sides.
  2. Feet and body assembly > Adult will have to do most of this part of the assembly, a stapler is required.
    • Fold the feet template on the center dotted line so color is showing on both sides.
    • Insert the folded feet template on the center round portion up to the dotted line of template #1 (body) or folded paper plate and staple at least twice in place -- refer to the illustration for positioning. Note:  glue will not hold the pieces in place.
    • Turn and fold the feet upward on both sides to stand.
  3. While adult is completing step 2 of assembly, children can glue the bill (beak) on the head template right under the eyes. Fold beak along the center line and place glue where indicated -- the beak will open.
  4. Glue assembled head with bill to right or left corner of body template, this will depend in which direction the feet were positioned and stapled.
  5. Feather assembly > handprints or alternative: Glue or staple equal number of handprints on both sides of the body template to create balance. Bend the fingers on the handprints, slightly one way and the other to make the craft more realistic and stable.

    Other ideas for decorating:
    Older children 5+ need more challenge to make the process more interesting and explore other art techniques or simply set up various materials and different brushes, sponge rollers, etc. and allow them to discover ways to paint and decorate. Painting the plate or body template and head is an opportunity to explore other techniques:
  • Mosaic: Fill the entire body with different colors and shapes of tissue paper and cut out excess.
  • Use a sponge roller and mix shades and roll paint.
  • Sponge paint or use a dropper.
  • Glue yarn to half of toilet paper tube in different designs, roll the tube over a thin layer of paints and roll over the template, neat designs will be achieved.  Messy?  Yes, but lots of fun.
  • Explore with stripes and color mixing.
Duck or Goose Craft
duck or goose printable craft
Ages 3.5+
Templates:

Color
Print 1 & 2

Black & White 
Print 1 & 2

duck or goose printable craft small  
Small Version 
Duckling | Gosling
Templates
Color version
Black & White

Template for small paper plate

Alphabet Printable Activities
(available in Standard & D'Nealian format)
letter d duck printable activities
Letter D Duck

letter g goose printable activities
Letter G Goose