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Five Little Ducks Activity with Free Printable

Free printable Five Little Ducks printable coloring page plus more nursery rhyme inspired activities for children.

Free Five Little Ducks printable activity, plus more nursery rhyme inspired activities for kids

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This week’s Virtual Book Club for Kids theme is Nursery Rhymes. I’m highlighting an old post of ours featuring Five Little DucksOver in the Meadow is another nursery rhyme we love.

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 Ducks. 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!

Five Little Ducks free printable coloring page, plus more nursery rhyme based activities for kids.

Coloring Our Five Little Ducks Printable

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:

LOVE this simple Five Little Ducks free 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!

Five Little Ducks free printable for kids.

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.

Five little ducks free coloring page download

Fun Ways to Use this Free Five Little Ducks Printable

We laminated our ducks, and the kids played with them for weeks (I recommend this laminator and Amazon Basics laminating pouches).

You can also:

  • Cut these ducks out of felt to use on a felt or flannel board.
  • 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.
  • Add a craft stick to the back of each duck and use them as puppets.

Five Little Ducks Printable Download

Click on the image below to download our five little ducks printable:

More Animal-Themed Books for Young Children

Here are a few other animal-themed books that we adore:

More Nursery Rhyme Books We Love

Here are a few of our favorite nursery rhyme books for kids:

More Nursery Rhyme Activities for Kids

Try these fun nursery rhyme activities with your kids!


2016-17 season virtual book club for kids books and activities

Click on the image above to see all of the themes, books, and activities for this year’s 2016-17 Virtual Book Club for Kids! I am updating the page as new posts go live.

What is your favorite nursery rhyme activity for kids? Have you tried out our five little ducks printable? Please share in the comments below, or on my Facebook page. You can also tag me on Instagram

MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

40 thoughts on “Five Little Ducks Activity with Free Printable”

  1. 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.

    1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

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

  6. So many ways to use this printable – not really structured at all! Really a great idea and printable – thanks!

  7. How awesome! I am amazed by the differences between ducks. Johnny is getting to be quite an artist too – his eyes are very realistic!

  8. 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!

  9. Elisa | blissfulE

    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?

  10. Bethany @ No Twiddle Twaddle

    Thanks for the printable. It is so interesting to see all of your kids’ different personalities come out. I love your idea!

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

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