Props are a great way to engage children more in the stories and rhymes that you are singing. For some it can bring to life some concepts that they may have never heard of or can imagine for others it gives them a concrete object to focus on and that they can connect numbers, words or actions with. We have been producing some rhyme time props over the last few months to support counting rhymes. This week’s addition is a set of five little ducks that can go swimming as you sing along to this classic rhyme for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

Create your own storytelling and rhyme time props with this easy to make five little ducks craft foam puppets. Perfect for some springtime nursery rhyme and circle time fun for toddlers and preschoolers.

Five Little Ducks Went Swimming One Day

This classic rhyme was one of the first counting songs I started to sing with my kids when they were born. I loved it as a child and found it useful in my classroom when working on numbers with the youngest classes.

Five little ducks went swimming one day.
Over the hills and far away.
Mother Duck Said Quack Quack Quack Quack!
But only four little ducks came back!

Four little ducks went swimming one day.
Over the hills and far away.
Mother Duck Said Quack Quack Quack Quack!
But only three little ducks came back!

Three little ducks went swimming one day.
Over the hills and far away.
Mother Duck Said Quack Quack Quack Quack!
But only two little ducks came back!

Two little ducks went swimming one day.
Over the hills and far away.
Mother Duck Said Quack Quack Quack Quack!
But only one little duck came back!

One little duck went swimming one day.
Over the hills and far away.
Mother Duck Said Quack Quack Quack Quack!
But only no little ducks came back!

No little ducks went swimming one day.
Over the hills and far away.
Mother Duck Said Quack Quack Quack Quack!
And all five little ducks came back

Create your own storytelling and rhyme time props with this easy to make five little ducks craft foam puppets. Perfect for some springtime nursery rhyme and circle time fun for toddlers and preschoolers.

This rhyme is also perfect for springtime – why not check out our other classic spring nursery rhymes and songs to sing along this season.

Materials Needed to Create your Duckling Craft Foam Puppets

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Yellow and Orange Craft Foam

Large Craft Sticks

Scrap Card to make a template

Craft Knife and Self Healing Mat

Pencil, drawing compass and Scissors

Googly Eyes

Fine Marker Pen

Hot Glue Gun

Marker Pen

How to Make you Five Little Ducks Song Puppets

  1. Start off by drawing 3 different sized circles onto a piece of scrap card – a small circle for the head, a large circle that will become the body and a medium circle that will be the wing.Create your own storytelling and rhyme time props with this easy to make five little ducks craft foam puppets. Perfect for some springtime nursery rhyme and circle time fun for toddlers and preschoolers.
  2. With the circle for the body and the wing extend the circles to form an egg or tear drop shapes.
  3. Cut out these templates.Create your own storytelling and rhyme time props with this easy to make five little ducks craft foam puppets. Perfect for some springtime nursery rhyme and circle time fun for toddlers and preschoolers.
  4. Create a small beak shape out of the scrap card and cut this out as well.
  5. On the yellow craft foam draw around each of your shapes 5 times.Create your own storytelling and rhyme time props with this easy to make five little ducks craft foam puppets. Perfect for some springtime nursery rhyme and circle time fun for toddlers and preschoolers.
  6. Cut out the yellow head, body and wing shapes using a craft knife.
  7. On the orange, foam draw around and cut out the beak shape.
  8. Lay out your supplies and heat up the glue gun.Create your own storytelling and rhyme time props with this easy to make five little ducks craft foam puppets. Perfect for some springtime nursery rhyme and circle time fun for toddlers and preschoolers.
  9. Attach the body to the large craft stick.Create your own storytelling and rhyme time props with this easy to make five little ducks craft foam puppets. Perfect for some springtime nursery rhyme and circle time fun for toddlers and preschoolers.
  10. Followed by the wing and head.Create your own storytelling and rhyme time props with this easy to make five little ducks craft foam puppets. Perfect for some springtime nursery rhyme and circle time fun for toddlers and preschoolers.
  11. Using a little glue attach the beak and eye to the head.
  12. Once the glue has cooled add in fine detail like marks on the beak or wing with a fine marker.Create your own storytelling and rhyme time props with this easy to make five little ducks craft foam puppets. Perfect for some springtime nursery rhyme and circle time fun for toddlers and preschoolers.
  13. I found it useful for young children to label the craft sticks so I tend to add the numbers 1 to 5 to help with number recognition as well as counting.Create your own storytelling and rhyme time props with this easy to make five little ducks craft foam puppets. Perfect for some springtime nursery rhyme and circle time fun for toddlers and preschoolers.

Create your own storytelling and rhyme time props with this easy to make five little ducks craft foam puppets. Perfect for some springtime nursery rhyme and circle time fun for toddlers and preschoolers.

More Rhyme Time Props for you To Make and Use

Five Little Monkeys

Five Little Men in their Flying Machines

Five Little Speckled Frogs

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Create your own storytelling and rhyme time props with this easy to make five little ducks craft foam puppets. Perfect for some springtime nursery rhyme and circle time fun for toddlers and preschoolers.

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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