Throughout our preschooler's farm study unit, I have included a few lessons that focus on a specific farm animal. Previously, I shared about his sheep lesson. This time we focused on ducks.
I read aloud several books about ducks. Two of his favorites were DK's Watch Me Grow: Duckling and Do Like a Duck Does!
The first, Watch Me Grow: Duckling explores the growth of a duckling starting with the egg. Our son was fascinated with the changes of the duck and his experiences on each page.
The second book has a comical tone, and discussed duck behaviors. Do Like a Duck Does! has a wonderful cadence for reading aloud. The rhythm and rhyme flow easily. The book's basic theme is about a fox attempting to join a duck family by pretending to be a duck. The duck 'imposter' obviously does not fit in, causing our son laughed at the antics of the fox.
Following our read alouds, I helped my son complete a simple duck picture.
To complete the same project, gather these supplies.
Blue paper for background
Yellow felt cut into an oval, circle, and triangle
Orange foam cut into two triangles, two rectangles, and one half oval
Tan pipe cleaners
Blue cellophane for water
Glue (stick and bottle)
Black fabric marker
1. Assemble duck body and head by pasting yellow felt oval and circle onto blue paper.
2. Paste bill (1/2 oval shape of orange foam) onto appropriate spot of duck's head.
3. Color an eye on the duck's head using a black fabric marker, and draw a line on the duck's bill.
4. Paste orange foam rectangles on oval for legs.
5. Paste orange foam triangles on legs for feet.
6. Using a glue stick, paste the blue cellophane for water over the bottom portion of the page.
7. Add wing by gluing it on top of the 'water' to make the duck look like he is floating in the water.
8. Glue pipe cleaners on top of the 'water'.
9. Place an oval-shapped dab of glue above several pipe cleaners
10. Cut a small piece of the brown yarn to wind in a flat oval shape. Place brown yarn on the glue dab.