Ducks

TODDLER STORYTIME

Here’s an entire duck-themed storytime without any 6, 5 or 4 little duck rhymes or songs.  They are great favorites and I’ve included them in the “Additional Rhyme Section” at the end of this post, but I wanted something different for this storytime.  Get ready to move, sing, laugh and waddle!

OPENING SONG: Mister Sun
This week we learned to sing our opening song using sign language!
You can print my handout, with instructions and pictures, here.

OPENING RHYMES:

BOOK 1: Duck on a Bike by David Shannon

SONG: The Ducks on the Bus
Tune: The Wheels on the Bus

The ducks on the bus go quack quack quack!
Quack quack quack! Quack quack quack!
The ducks on the bus go quack quack quack!
All through the town!

The ducks on the bus go flap flap flap!….
The ducks on the bus go waddle waddle waddle!….
The ducks on the bus go Quack Quack Quack!….

FLANNEL SONG: Little White Duck – from Raffi’s Everything Grows album
You can print my clipart file here.

There’s a little white duck sitting in the water.
A little white duck doing what he oughter.
He took a bite of a lily pad,
Flapped his wings and he said “I’m glad,
I’m a little white duck sitting in the water.
Quack! quack! quack!”

There’s a little green frog swimming in the water.
A little green frog doing what he oughter.
He jumped right off of the lily pad,
That the little duck bit and he said “I’m glad,
I’m a little green frog swimming in the water.
Ribbit! ribbit! ribbit!”

There’s a little black bug floating on the water.
A little black bug doing what he oughter.
He tickled the frog on the lily pad,
That the little duck bit and he said “I’m glad,
I’m a little black bug floating on the water.
Bzzz! bzzz! bzzz!”

There’s a little red snake playing in the water.
A little red snake doing what he oughter.
He frightened the duck and the frog so bad.
He ate the bug and he said “I’m glad,
I’m a little red snake playing in the water.
Hiss! hiss! hiss!”

Now there’s nobody left sitting in the water.
Nobody left doing what he oughter.
There’s nothing left but the lily pad.
The duck and the frog ran away, I’m sad,
‘Cause there’s nobody left sitting in the water.
Boo! hoo! hoo!

“Let’s bring them all back now.  I need your help!  Let’s call the little white duck- everybody Quack!  …a little bit louder…here he comes!  Ok, let’s bring back the little green frog – everybody Ribbit! …a little bit louder…here he comes!  Let’s bring back the little black bug – everybody Buzzzzzz….a little bit louder…here he comes!  Now let’s bring the little red snake back….WAIT….I don’t want the snake to comes back!  He ate the bug and scared the duck and the frog!  Let’s just leave him alone.”

BOOK 2: Do You Have My Quack? by Keith Faulkner
“A book of animal sounds with pull-tabs and a pop-up surprise!”

SONG: Baby Duck from Carole Peterson’s CD:  Sticky Bubblegum and Other Tasty Tunes
Sing this 3 times, each time getting a little bit faster.

Oh wasn’t it a bit of luck
That I was born a baby duck
With yellow socks and yellow shoes (point to feet)
That I may go wherever I choose? (waddle)
Quack quack, quack quack, quack! (clap)
Quack quack, quack quack, quack!

CLOSING SONG: Goodbye

CRAFT:  Paper plate duck

Duck Paperplate CraftThis is a simplified version of the paper plate duck found on Danielle’s Place of Crafts and Ideas.

You will need:

  • Wing, bill and feet template from Danielle’s Place
  • Yellow paper plates (1 per child) I found mine at the dollar store
  • Orange and Yellow construction paper
  • Large googly eyes

To prepare in advance:

  • Print out template
  • From orange paper, cut beaks and legs (2 of each per child)
  • From yellow paper, cut wings (2 per child)

Instructions for children:

  1. Glue or tape legs to yellow paper plate (I used tape)
  2. Glue or tape the bill to the plate – one bill on the top and one on the bottom so that the duck’s mouth is open (see picture)
  3. Glue googly eyes to paper plate

ADDITIONAL BOOKS AND RHYMES

One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root

Do Like a Duck Does by Judy Hindley

I Had a Little Ducky
I had a little ducky,
He lived in a box.
He swam in a puddle,
He climbed on the rocks.
He snapped at a mosquito,
He snapped at a flea,
He snapped at a minnow,
And he snapped at me!
He caught the mosquito,
He caught the flea,
He caught the minnow,
But he couldn’t catch me!

Five Little Ducks
5 little ducks went out one day (Flap arms and waddle)
Over the hills and far away, (Wave hand over the hill)
Mother duck said Quack! Quack! Quack! (Make quack movements with hands)
But only 4 little ducks came waddling back. (Flap arms and waddle)

Repeat with 4, 3, 2, 1…

No little ducks went out one day (Flap arms and waddle)
Over the hills and far away, (Wave hand over the hill)
Mother duck said Quack! Quack! Quack! (Make quack movements with hands)

“I think she needs to be a little bit louder – can you help mother duck?
QUACK QUACK QUACK QUACK”

And all 5 little ducks came waddling back! (Flap arms and waddle)

All the Little Ducklings
All the little ducklings,
Line up in a row. (stand up)
Quack, quack, quack, (clap three times)
And away they go. (walk in place)

They follow their mother, (put hands behind back like a tail)
Waddling to and fro. (waddle)
Quack, quack, quack (clap three times)
And away they go.

Down to the big pond (make large circles with both arms)
Happy as can be. (smile)
Quack, quack, quack (clap three times)
They are full of glee.

They jump in the water (jump up and down)
And bob up and down,
Quack, quack, quack, (clap three times)
They all swim around.

All the little ducklings
Swimming far away (make swimming motions)
Quack, quack, quack (clap three times)
They’ll play another day.

Six Little Ducks
Six little ducks
That I once knew
Fat ones, skinny ones,
Fair ones, too
(Chorus) 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
(Chorus) 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
Chorus

Into the water they would dive
Over and under the other five.
Chorus

Home from the river they would go
Wibble wobble, wibble wobble,
Ho hum hum
Chorus

8 thoughts on “Ducks

  1. I do a Story Time program at the Priest River Library, Priest River, Idaho every Thursday morning. I love animal themed programs and often do Ducks. Thanks for sharing, it is always inspirational to see what others do for the little ones in our communities.

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  2. Thank you for the ideas! Although I’ve been doing library storytimes for toddlers and preschoolers for over 20 years, I always look for new additions to my themes — if I’m not excited, how can I get them excited over it? Going to learn the sign language motions for Mr. Sun — and then teach my granddaughter (it’s her favorite song!) as well as the storytime kids. Thank you for sharing!

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  3. Great ideas! I do Mommy and Me classes for Spanish speaking moms and their pre schoolers in the DC area. The songs have been priceless in helping both the adults and kids begin to learn and speak English! Thank you for sharing!

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