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Five Little Ducks

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recording of the song "Five Little Ducks"


  1. Introduce the popular song "Five Little Ducks" to the children. When you sing the song the first time, show the children that the fingers and thumb, on one hand, can represent the five ducks.
  2. The second time you play the song, the children will act it out.
  3. Before you play the song again, pick one child to be the lead duck. This child will wear a feather taped to the back of her shirt. Tape a feather on her back.
  4. Choose four others to line up behind the first duck.
  5. The group sings the song as the four children follow the lead duck around the room. When the song ends, tape the feather on the back of the second child. The first child then sits down and chooses another child to be the new fifth duck.
  6. Repeat this until all the children cycle through the group of five ducks, moving from the fifth duck to first duck.
  7. Encourage all the children to help sing the song. Encourage the children being ducks to waddle as they walk.

More To Do
* Incorporate a "feelings" activity by talking as a group about how it feels to be
the lead duck as opposed to one of the following ducks, as well as how it
feels to be a watcher or singer.
Consider the following:
* Do the children learn the song well enough to sing along?
* How well does each child take turns as a singer, leader, follower, and so on?

Book: Learn Every Day About Animals
Center: Music & Movement
Topic: Animals
Content: Science
Area: Language
Age: 3 through 4 Years Old
Interaction: Small Group

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