Dawdle DucklingI have an affinity for ducks, especially ducks in books, so I always like having a duck-themed story time! Here’s how it goes.

We start with our opening song, Here, Here sung to the tune of Skip to My Lou.

Here, Here
We’re all here
Here, Here
We’re all here
Here, Here
We’re all here
We’re all here today
Hello [sing child’s name], How are you? (Repeat two times)
We’re glad you’re here today!

We do this until every child has been sung to then end with the “Here, Here, We’re all here” verse.

Next we do a springtime action rhyme called Big Round Sun.

The big round sun in the springtime sky (form large circle with arms)
Waved at a cloud that was passing by (wave)
The little cloud laughed as it scattered rain (flutter fingers downward)
Then out came the big round sun again (form large circle with arms)

Then we read Dawdle Duckling, a sweet book by Toni Buzzeo and illustrated by Margaret Spengler. How can you not love a book about an independent, playful duckling? I also love that Mama Duck and her ducklings are all wearing hats.

Afterwards, we stand up and sing Six Little Ducks with the accompanying motions.

Six Little Ducks
That I once knew
Tall ones, skinny ones,
Short ones, too
But the one little duck
With the feather on his back
He led the others
With a quack, quack, quack
Quack, quack, quack,
Quack, quack, quack,
He led the others

You can see and hear the song here:

Next we do a feltboard activity for the song Five Little Ducks. I printed out the words and the templates for the ducks at DLTK . After each verse, a duck was taken off the feltboard, but at the end all five ducks returned to Mother Duck! Listen to the song here:

We get up again and move around to Raffi’s fun song Shake Your Sillies Out. (For the lyrics, go to my story time post on Jazz, Rhythm and Rhyme.)

After we finish shaking our sillies out, we read The Odd Egg written and illustrated by Emily Gravett. Children love watching the eggs crack on each page until the “odd egg” cracks and out pops a crocodile!

The Odd Egg

We end the story and song portion of story time with our closing song Hands Go Up to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. Children do the accompanying movements.

Hands go up and hands go down
I can spin around and round

I can jump upon two shoes
I can clap and so can you
I can wave, now show we how
Story Time is done for now

For our craft, we make paper plate duck faces! I found the direction and templates at DKLT (As you can probably tell, I like the DLTK site!) Children color the pieces and glue them onto paper plates, making a cute and funny duck face.

We had a quackalicious story time!


Until next time, Happy Reading!


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