Five Little Ducks!

5 Little Ducks printable

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:

6yo coloring 5 Little Ducks printable

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!

4yo coloring 5 Little Ducks printable

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.

2yo coloring 5 Little Ducks printable

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:

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.



    • maryanne says

      Thanks! It was fun to see how much my kids enjoyed this – and how they each put their own spin on it!

  1. says

    These are each spectacular in their own way. I’m especially impressed with the eyes Johnny added and Lily’s vibrant yet not overlapping colours. Are you going to keep them on display in your house?

  2. says

    That is so cool to see how they did the craft. I am like Emma and would so have yellow ducks! I can’t believe how cool Johnny made the eyes! That is really near. And Lily went all out with her ducks, too cute! He coloring is very nice, especially for how young she is!

    • maryanne says

      I loved that post from NurtureStore! And your Mo Willems activities for “The Duckling Gets a Cookie” are fantastic!

  3. says

    what a fun activity. i find it so interesting the variance in their arrangements… i suppose there’s a way to decipher meaning in them, huh? thanks for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday!

  4. says

    These are way too cute! I love how each child showed his/her own personality in the coloring. What a great addition to the reading. Thanks for sharing with The Sunday Showcase!

  5. says

    I love this activity, the ducks are so sweet! Love how they are all so different!
    Glad you shared with us at tip toe thru tuesday!

  6. says

    These are super cute – we always end up with two eyes on one side too!

    I’m featuring this post on this week’s Sunday Showcase – hope you stop by to link up again!


  7. says

    LOVE how differently each of them made their ducks! That is the best part! Crafts can be individualized and open ended and that is what you have done here! Bravo!

    Thanks for sharing on the Sunday Showcase

  8. says

    I love Lily’s version of the ducks. I love how she made them so colorful (and yes, I noticed the cute little eyes too). Haha. It’s really adorable when our kids become imaginative and become artists on their own cute ways.

  9. Loretta says

    I love the print-out. Thanks. Did the children cut the ducks out themselves or did you cut them? I teack Pre-K and the children are doing pretty well with cutting, however, most of the things we cut are large in size. The duck are small and there are a few students that may have some difficulty.
    Can’t wait to use this with the children.

    • says

      My 4yo cut out his, but if you look at them (middle photo with the blue lines) he didn’t cut on the lines, but around. My 6yo was able to cut them out without any trouble, and I cut out the multicolored ones that my 2yo colored. The design of the ducks makes them a bit tricky to cut out if you are following the lines.


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