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The duck or duckling is a fun animal to introduce various themes
listed in the theme column. Visit the duck
activities activities that tie in
with the activities below.
The children will have fun making an easy and fun craft of a duck
assembled with basic shapes
(except bill) and during the process many skills can be
addressed. The main body and head
are an egg shape
(a sort of oval). This emphasizes that birds hatch from eggs and
invites discussion about birds, the spring season and/or Easter festivities.
Many other printable support materials and links to related activities
are provided. Let's get started.
Activity 1: Easy Shapes Duck Craft Ages 2.5+ Greeting
Card Option below
Tell the children they are going to have fun with activities
related to ducks and learn about birds.
Review your options for printing the craft that best meet your
Before assembly conduct some of the learning activities
Printing and assembly options for the craft:
Option 1: Print craft color template, cut out,
conduct learning activities below and assemble.
Option 2: Print black and white template. See
greeting card option below. Children can color, paint or decorate
first, cut out and proceed as above.
Option 3: For Large Groups or to recycle left over
Print black & white template on card stock and use as a master
template. Trace the patterns directly on construction paper,
left-over paper such as wrapping paper or wallpaper, fun foam, to
obtain pieces needed in coordinating colors. View greeting card
Other decorations and ideas for the craft option:
1. Greeting Card Option - Follow this diagram to create a greeting
card with the egg template first. Proceed to assemble the rest
of the pieces with the folded egg card.
1. Use wiggly eyes over the printed eyes.
Ask children to identify the shapes and colors on the
template if using the color template. Ask the children to
identify the colors they've used to color/decorate the template.
2. Tape a ribbon, string or a piece of magnet to back of head to use as decoration
3. Glue a few craft feathers to the wings to emphasize that only
birds have feathers.
4. Puppet: Glue or tape a craft stick for an instant puppet.
Learning activities to conduct before craft
Choose those activities you feel are appropriate on the ages of children.
Shapes & Colors Activity:
To conduct these activities pieces should be decorated and cut out.
1. Sorting & sizing: Have the children sort the
shapes in groups and if applicable by size (smallest to largest)
2. Counting: Count how many of each shape there
are. You may want to write numbers on the blank side to acquaint
the children with printed numbers. in this activity you may want
to also count the eyes. How many pieces are in total to assemble
Proceed with craft assembly. Show the small image
provided in the template to help the children see how the finished
craft looks and to aid them in positioning the pieces. After
completing the craft the children can hold their finished craft while
conducting some of the activities below.
Alphabet Activities: Letter D
Duck printable activities
Easy Shapes Duck - Duckling Craft
(Yellow & Orange print)
Black & White
Letter D Duck printable activities
*Glue or glue stick
*any paper or card stock
*materials to color with