Recently, I found a preschool homeschool site packed with four years of curriculum (starting with age 2), complete with suggested books, songs, and even printable worksheets. The author has it all mapped out so all you have to do is click on the week you’re on and teach away! We’ve used a few weeks in the 3 year old curriculum with my little Chipmunk, and this cute duck printable comes from week one. We used the finished puppets along with some music CD’s from the library to practice counting to 5. Let’s get started!
What You Need:
- 5 Little Ducks Printable (please note, this curriculum is FREE for home use. However, if you want to use it for a preschool or other business, you need to buy a license)
- Glue Sticks
- Popsicle Sticks
- Cereal Box or light-weight carboard
- Contact Paper
- 5 Little Ducks Song (watch it here to get the tune!)
What You Do:
Print off the 5 Little Ducks Worksheet and allow your little one to color.
Once they are all colored, cut around each duck. You can cut close to the line like I did with mother duck (great time to review “big and little” with the kids) or just around in a rough circle with the little ducks. You’re going to be cutting around them again later after we’re done “cheapskate laminating”.
After they are all cut, glue the ducks to the back of a cereal box or other light-weight piece of cardboard. Old file folders work great for this too.
Better yet, have your little one glue to the cardboard. This is my daughter’s favorite part!
Now for some cheapskate laminating! Once the glue is dry, cut around the ducks again and then cover each duck with some contact paper. The cardboard will help keep it stiff and the contact paper will keep the edges from fraying. Be sure to wrap it AROUND each duck.
This is from the Monkeys on the Bed project, but you get the idea. Cut a big enough piece of contact paper so you can wrap around the edges. When you trim off the contact paper, be sure to leave a little edging around the ducks so it stays properly sealed.
There you have it! Five Little Duck Popsicle Puppets!
Now, get singing! :)
Stay tuned next Wednesday for more Counting Fun and Dinosaur Counting Printables!!
- Complete Five Little Ducks lesson plan from First School
- You can grab a set of 5 green and speckled frogs here for more counting fun!
- Online Counting Games from Family Learning
About the Author
Lindsey Whitney is a mom of two, home day care provider, and blogger over at Growing Kids Ministry. Growing Kids Ministry is a blog designed to help parents, teachers, and Children’s Ministry workers who want to help the kids they love grow in their faith. You can connect with her via twitter or on facebook!