Number and counting songs are one of the best ways you can get your toddlers counting and starting with number sense.

One of our favourites that helps them count backward is the Nursery Rhyme 5 Little Ducks Went Swimming One Day.

This sensory bin is quick to make and your toddler can then use it to retell the rhyme and play with the ducks in their own pond.

So here we go a Five Little Ducks Sensory Bin for Toddlers.

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Duck Pond Sensory Bin for Toddlers

There are lots of sensory bin fillers that you could use to recreate the duck pond in this nursery rhyme sensory bin.

Coloured Rice would work really well or jelly as we used in our taste safe Ocean Small World Play.

toddler playing at home in a quick and easy sensory bin retelling a nursery rhyme

However, for this one, we set it up using our homemade playdough recipe and chocolate playdough recipe.

Mix up a batch of the easy playdough and then colour it green, blue, yellow, orange and leave some plain.

toddler setting up a sensory bin in a plastic storage box

You can add in some toy ducks or let your little one create their own using the playdough.

A plastic storage bin makes an ideal container to set up your sensory tub and allows your toddler to play with it repeatedly until you switch themes.

Check out some of our other ideas for toddler Sensory Bins that you could use.

playdough duck pond sensory bin

Five Little Ducks Nursery Rhyme Words

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If you can’t remember the words to the Five Little Ducks Song we have included them below.

Five little ducks went swimming one day,
Over the hills and far away,
Mamma 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,
Mamma 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,
Mamma 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,
Mamma 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,
Mamma Duck said Quack, Quack, Quack, Quack
But only no little ducks came back.

You can find the full words and fun illustrations in our recommended book Five Little Ducks by Child’s Play.

We love singing the rhyme, reading the book, using the simple puppets to count and sing the rhyme and then using the sensory bin for some play.

Why not try some of our Food-free Sensory Bin Ideas for Toddlers

playdough sensory bin themed around five little ducks nursery rhyme for toddlers
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Five Little Ducks Nusery Rhyme Sensory Bin

A simple to set up duck pond sensory bin to go with the counting rhyme Five Little Ducks Went Swimming one Day.
Prep Time5 mins
Active Time27 mins
Keyword: Sensory play, toddler activities
Yield: 1 Sensory Bin
Author: Trisha Stanley

Equipment

  • Plastic Storage Box
  • Scissors

Instructions

  • Place blue paper in the bottom of the box.
  • Add in green and brown playdough to create land and hills for the ducklings to disappear behind.
    toddler setting up a sensory bin in a plastic storage box
  • Pop in the bath toys.
    toddler playing at home in a quick and easy sensory bin retelling a nursery rhyme
  • Provide small quantities of playdough and googly eyes to create their own ducks.
  • Let your toddler play and explore retell the nursery rhyme and sing along with you.

More Five Little Ducks Activities for Toddlers

five little ducks puppets to make and use for nursery rhyme time with toddlers

Make your own Five Little Duck Counting Rhyme Props and use them together when you sing the rhyme.

More Nursery Rhyme Sensory Bins

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How about making an incy wincy spider sensory bin next with blue coloured rice which sounds like rain when you pour it.

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Author
Trisha Stanley

Trisha is an educator with a passion for science literacy and mom to Aiden, Lily, and Elon.

She’s the creator of Inspiration Laboratories, a blog dedicated to encouraging learning through creativity and play.

20 Comments

  1. I think your play dough ducklings are about the most adorable thing I’ve seen in a while. I love how well the colors turned out for your playdough – so vibrant! Puppets are such a great way to teach reading comprehension. Great ideas for the animal theme!

    1. The colours are amazing – It’s a colouring paste called SugarFlair I don’t know whether you can get it in the USA but you only use a tiny bit of it each time. I use it for cake decorating as well has no taste and is really vibrant and true colours

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