Five Little Ducks

mallard-ducks-934518_960_720Everyone knows the rhyme 5 Little Ducks went swimming one day and this is an excellent first counting rhyme to use as the basis of as story sack that includes numeracy skills and of course learning about ducks.

Here are some ideas for your story sack…

Books


This Five Little Ducks board book is published by Child’s Play and features the counting rhyme alongside illustrations by Anthony Lewis.  The beautiful illustrations and descriptions on each page teach the British Sign Language (BSL) signs to be able to sign along with the song.

 

Other favourite ‘duck’ books include:

  • Nine Ducks Nine by Sarah Hayes
  • One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root and Jane Chapman
  • Duck (Read & Learn: Life Cycles) by Richard Spilsbury
  • From Egg to Duck (How Things Grow) by Sally Morgan
  • I am a Duck by Linda Bygrave

Activity ideas:
Different activities will be suitable for children of different ages so you may be able to revisit this list over a number of years!

  • Go and feed the ducks
  • Play with bath ducks in water
  • Share rhymes about ducks (see suggestions below)
  • Draw and colour pictures of ducks
  • Talk about the noise ducks make
  • Talk about where ducks live
  • Talk about the lifecycle of ducks from eggs, to ducklings to grown up ducks

Songs and Rhymes
The most popular duck rhyme has to be 5 Little Ducks went swimming one day (start with 3 for younger children!), this is a rhyme that varies everywhere it is sung but here is our version!

Five little ducks went swimming one day,
Over the pond and far away,
Mummy Duck said “quack, quack, quack, quack”,
But only four little ducks came back.

Repeat with four little ducks, then three, then two, then one until ‘no little ducks came swimming back‘. Then we sing:

Daddy duck went swimming one day ,
Over the pond and far away,
Mummy Duck said “quack, quack, quack, quack”,
And all the ducks came swimming back.

Another rhyme is:

Five little ducks that I once knew,
Three were fat and skinny were two,
But the one little duck,
With the feather on his back,
He led the others with a quack, quack, quack,
Quack, quack, quack,
Quack, quack, quack,
He led the others with a quack, quack, quack.

Down to the river they would go,
Wibble, wobble, wibble, wobble, to and fro,
But the one little duck,
With the feather on his back,
He led the others with a quack, quack, quack,
Quack, quack, quack,
Quack, quack, quack,
He led the others with a quack, quack, quack.

Back from the river they would come,
Wibble, wobble, wibble, wobble, ho, hum, hum,
But the one little duck,
With the feather on his back,
He led the others with a quack, quack, quack,
Quack, quack, quack,
Quack, quack, quack
He led the others with a quack, quack, quack.

And lastly a rhyme loved by the littlest littlesheep…

Isn’t it a bit of luck
That I was born a baby duck
With yellow socks and yellow shoes
I can go wherever I choose?
Quack, quack, quack quack

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