Learning Through Music: Five Little Ducks

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Now that we’ve finally had some hot weather, we’ve spent the past couple of days in the garden. As shown in a previous post, one of J’s favourite play things is water! We’ve enjoyed many hours in the paddling pool, and have had lots of fun playing with J’s new toys – Five little ducks…

These ducks were ridiculously cheap on Amazon, and proved to be more of a hit than I anticipated. I filled a washing up bowl with water, and added a few drops of blue food colouring, to make it look more like a pond or lake. I floated all five ducks on the surface and sang Five Little Ducks. Each time a duck got lost, I scooped one up out of the bowl, and counted how many were remaining.

                                     

Five little ducks went swimming one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said, “Quack quack quack quack”
And only four little ducks came back!

Four little ducks went swimming one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said, “Quack quack quack quack”
And only three little ducks came back!

Three little ducks went swimming one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said, “Quack quack quack quack”
And only two little ducks came back!

Two little ducks went swimming one day
Over the hill and far away.
Mother duck said, “Quack quack quack quack”
And only one little duck came back!

One little duck went swimming one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said, “Quack quack quack quack”
And all her five little ducks came back!

J got so excited each time the ducks all came back again! He splashed the water, picked up the ducks, and pushed them under. Next, he took the net himself, and began putting the ducks in one-by-one. I counted as he did so, and kept singing. This occupied him for about 40 minutes!

               

Learning through music

Singing helps to accentuate the words, and the repetition reinforces key ideas, such as numbers. Try to sing appropriate songs to match activities you are doing, and your child will learn to associate the words of the song with the meaning of the objects they are enjoying.

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    1. Thank you – I’m glad you enjoyed! It seems to be a game that my son will play over and over….and over… 🙂

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