Puppets 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 puppets 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. So here you go your EASY DIY Five Little Duck Puppets plus the lyrics to this fantastic nursery rhyme.

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 Lyrics

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 a really useful counting song in my classroom when working on numbers with the youngest classes. There’s the mama duck and five little ducklings so when none come back there is a very sad mother duck.

Five little ducks went swimming one day.
Over the hills and far away.
Mama 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.
Mama 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.
Mama 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.
Mama 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.
Mama Duck Said Quack Quack Quack Quack!
But no little ducks came back!

No little ducks went swimming one day.
Over the hills and far away.
Mama Duck Said Quack Quack Quack Quack!
And all five little ducks came back
set of handmade simple craft foam duck puppets on sticks for the nursery rhyme five little ducks

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 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.

Using your Duckling Puppets

It’s now time to use your little props with your kids. You can of course just just them to sing. Point out the number and hide them away.

However, after all the glue is dried they are great to add into a sensory tub, to playdough or in a rhyme or story bag so that the kids can play with them easily.

five little swimming ducks on craft sticks with 1 to 5 on the sticks held in a hand for singing the rhyme with kids

More Rhyme Time Props for you To Make and Use

Get creative and make these 5 little monkey puppets to use when singing the popular children's rhyme Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed. Template to create these easy craft foam puppets included to download.
Make your own resources for singing this popular counting rhyme for toddlers and preschoolers with this step-by-step guide to creating your own Five Little Men in Their Flying Saucers Puppets. Ideal for Circle Time or Sing Along with your children.
Create your own puppets to use in circle time or with your child for the popular children's rhyme Five Little Speckled Frogs. These easy to make puppets are perfect for playing with and helping your child recognise numbers and count aloud as they sing the rhyme.

Five Little Monkeys

Five Little Men in their Flying Machines

Five Little Speckled Frogs

A set of 5 little duck craft stick puppets held in a hand with numbers 1 to 5 on the sticks.
Author
Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.

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