This week I made a rare venture into semi-structured crafting with my kids, creating this simple printable free coloring page (see download link at the end of this post) to go along with Five Little Ducklings, one of the books that is free this week as part of the MeMeTales Summer Readathon. We read the book yesterday, and this morning I gave each kid the page, with no other instructions. It was fun to see what they did with it!
Six-year-old Emma stayed very traditional, coloring the ducks various shades of yellow. Each of the kids posed their own ducks for the photo shoot, and she picked a very orderly line-up of ducklings following their mama:
Four-year-old Johnny’s ducks have fantastic eyes (I had considered adding a single eye on each duck as part of the printable, and seeing this made me so glad that I hadn’t!) I’m particularly fond of the Picasso-esque duckling leading the group. Notice that he has the mama following the ducklings, instead of the other way around!
Two-year-old Lily’s duckling décor appears to be inspired by our child-decorated castle – which she was, incidentally, working on this past weekend. Her ducks have eyes, too, although they are a bit hard to spot. I can find them most easily on the mama duck, as well as the two lead babies. I thought it was interesting that she clustered her babies around the mama, instead of lining them up like her older siblings.
You can also cut these ducks out of felt to use on a felt or flannel board, or cut out two of each duck and let your child sew them together – either with stuffing in the middle, or random stitching the way we did these flowers and trees. Click on the image below to download the printable:
And, since it’s animal week for the MeMeTales Readathon, here are a few other animal-themed books that we adore:
- Can’t You Sleep, Little Bear?
- If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
- Make Way For Ducklings
- The Gruffalo
- When Dinosaurs Came with Everything
Disclosure: We receive free copies of the Readathon books that I write about for the Readathon, and the books at the end of this post are linked through my Amazon Affiliate account.