I made these duck puppets for the kids back in August and am only just posting about it now. It seems I have more time to make and play with the kids, than I have time to write up posts! I guess that’s the balance of being a blogger and a stay at home mum…
Five Little Ducks is one of our favourite nursery rhymes in the Banya household. It’s such a great song for babies. It has that winning combination of rhyme, repetition and simple actions that babies seem to love. Bee (shown here at 10 months) just lights up when we sing it. She’s started saying “DUH!” (duck), and she can (sort of) make a quacking gesture with her hands at the right times. So cute!
You do know the song right?
Five little ducks went out 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 out one day…..
(and so on until)
…And none of the five little ducks came back.
So sad Mother Duck went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother Duck said ‘QUACK, QUACK, QUACK, QUACK, QUACK, QUACK, QUACK’
And all of her five little ducks came back.
I managed to find a few minutes of child-free time to make the ducklings. JJ (then 3 years and 2 months) helped to make the Mother Duck, which is perhaps why she looks slightly disheveled so wonderfully unique.
When they were finished, JJ couldn’t wait to try them on, so some of these photos were taken when the Mother Duck’s glue was only half dry.
Bee was napping during the crafting frenzy, but we introduced her to our new little duck family the next day. Grins from ear to ear!
The feathers are great for tickling tiny little toes.
But as it turned out, it was JJ who was busting to play with them. She sang and sang and sang some more.
And before long JJ started to broaden her play beyond the ‘Five Little Ducks’. We also sang the Two Little Dicky Birds nursery rhyme.
Two little dicky birds sitting on a wall
One named Peter, one named Paul
Fly away Peter, fly away Paul
Come back Peter, come back Paul
Of course a Mother Duck with her five ducklings leads itself to all sorts of role-playing. The ducklings chatted to each other, fought and made up, played lots of games together, ate lunch, and then needed a little day nap.
At the end of a long day, Mother Ducks need a nest for their brood. We made one using twigs and bark from the backyard
Would you like to make a set of ‘Five Little Duck’ finger and hand puppets for your kids? Here’s how:
I used a pair of yellow rubber washing up gloves, googly eyes, feathers, black permanent marker, craft glue, scissors and orange paper. I cut the fingers off one of the rubber gloves and glued sets of googly eyes. I made little paper beaks by folding small orange squares in half diagonally, and glued these on as well.
And then I drew on little webbed feet using permanent marker.
And lastly, I glued on feather wings, using pencils and paint pots to let them dry.
For the Mother Duck, I cut out a larger beak (in more of a folded diamond shape than a square) and a pair of webbed feet from the orange paper.
And, with a bit of assistance from JJ, we glued everything together.
I’ve been wanting to do this Five Little Ducks craft, since I first saw these cute rubber glove ducklings on Pinterest at least a year ago. Alas, the pin now goes to a dead link, so I don’t know to whom to attribute the idea. Please tell me if you know so I can credit the inspiration back.
If you would like some more rubber glove puppet inspiration, check out our Peppa Pig finger puppets…
Or if you’re not really into the whole rubber glove thing, then Picklebums has some Five Little Ducks free printables that are super cute!
Happy crafting, playing and singing!