This is a catchy little song, Five Little Ducks, is one that children love. It’s perfect for young beginners, like one to five years. I own the book with CD, which gives me the option to read or let the children listen by themselves, or to play the song in the background while we are doing other activities.
My favourite way to use this song and story is to print out a duck template with the mother duck and five ducklings and to let the children color them in and cut them out (if they are old enough). Gluing on feathers is also fun if you have some. Once they are finished, attach them to six individual sticks and you’re ready to go! Begin singing the song while holding all six ducks, the mother in one hand and the babies in the other. “Five little ducks when out one day, over the hills and far away” at this point have the five babies behind your back or some other object and drop one of the babies. “mother duck said ‘quack quack quack quack’ but only four little ducks came back.” Continue on in this way with the song. I don’t know why, but small children find this song and the vanishing ducks fascinating. They will want to have a turn controlling the ducks and making them disappear and reappear at the end. I’ve used this song/book/craft activities many times, and small children (1-5 years) are always enamoured with it. It is an easy lesson that is sure to please!
If you are using this with a class, be sure to let them take their duckies home with them, as well as a copy of the words and the song or a link to it online. You can find many versions of the song on Youtube.
And finally, if you want to buy the book and CD, I recommend Book Depository – because they offer free shipping world wide! 😀
Enjoy, and happy learning!