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Large Duck | Goose Craft
Duckling or Gosling Craft
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Ages 3.5 and older
These are two crafts in two size versions that can help introduce a
duck, goose or gander. The smaller version is easier for younger
children and can be used for the same purpose or 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. It can be assembled in various ways and the process can
be made more challenging and creative depending on the age of the
The crafts can stand-up so they make great decorations and dramatic
play toys. It is important that the craft be printed on heavy
duty construction paper or card stock in order to stand up.
The pieces can also be traced onto thin paper plates as
These crafts are suitable to enhance related educational themes listed
in the materials column.
Visit these two lesson plans that include
printable materials addressing the alphabet letter, animal facts,
numbers, online jigsaw puzzles and more.
Duck Theme lesson plan
Goose theme lesson plan
Both crafts can be made by replacing template #1 (body) for a standard
thin (10" to 8") paper plate and the small version can
be assembled by using a 6"-5" small thin paper plate.
The feathers are created by doing handprint cut-outs or painted
handprints that are later cut-out. Other options for the
feathers are: craft feathers, or cut elongated ovals in
different sizes of decorative paper and or tissue paper (recycle).
Printing Options for Both Versions:
* Trace or paint and cut out 2 handprints for small
* Trace or paint and cut out out 4-8 handprints for
Option 1: Print all color templates and
proceed to assembly instructions below
Option 2: Print all black & white templates and
proceed to assembly instructions below
Option 3: 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
Option 4: Large Version Only - Print Black
White Version directly onto color paper
*Print template 1 (black & white version) directly onto your
color choice of construction paper or craft paper
*Print template 2 (b/w) onto a complimentary color or print on white
paper and color these pieces separately.
Option 5: Small Version Only
* Use a small paper plate instead of template #1 black and
white. Paint the back in desired color
* Print template #2 black and white onto a complementary
color or print onto white paper and color these pieces
* Children can color and decorate all other templates and pieces
proceed with assembly described below.
Assembly Instructions Suggested:
*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
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
-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
5. Feather Assembly (Hand prints or Alternative)
Small Version: Glue one hand on each side of the body
template. This step is important because one handprint (feather)
on each side will create balance so the finished craft can
stand. Add equal amount of craft feathers on each side to
also maintain balance. Bend the fingers on the handprints,
slightly one way and the other to make the craft more realistic and
Note: If gluing other alternatives - elongated ovals for
example, glue same amount on both sides to maintain balance
Large Version: Same procedure as above except you may
glue more handprints to fill up as the illustration shows - not to
exceed 4 handprints on each side or it will be too heavy and not
Other ideas for decorating:
Older children 4.5, 5 and 6 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.
1. Painting the plate or body template and head is an
opportunity to explore other techniques:
1. Mosaic: fill the entire body with different colors &
shapes of tissue paper and cut out excess.
2. Use a sponge roller and mix shades and roll paint.
3. Sponge paint or use a dropper
4. 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
- really neat designs will be achieved. Messy? Yes,
but lots of fun.
5. Explore with stripes and color mixing.
Plain hand print cut outs can also be further decorated with the above
ideas or any way the children want to explore.
Other learning activity suggestions:
Alphabet and/or Number Practice:
*Whenever possible use the stand-up craft to introduce letters or numbers
- have the children color or paint the first letter or assigned
a number in a given activity on one side of the body or on the feathers.
*Other ideas: Make the crafts and use as name signs/table setting for a theme unit
Duck or Goose Craft
Black & White
Small Version: Duckling |
Black & White
Print this when using a small paper plate:
Related teaching aids:
(available in Standard & D'Nealian format)
Lesson Plan activities and printable materials
Letter D Duck
Letter G Goose