We had so much fun with today’s #PlayfulPreschool activity!! Shiloh was having a blast! Today’s theme is ponds and I want to share with you the fun Five Little Ducks on the Pond gross motor activity and song that we did! Be sure to get the free printable down below so that you can have some fun too!
Materials needed for the Five Little Ducks on the Pond Gross Motor Activity:
Laminator and laminating pouches (optional)
Print the Five Little Ducks free printable at the end of this post.
To start we watched this “Five Little Ducks on the Pond” video on YouTube. There is a short advertisement at the beginning, but the song is so cute that we listened to it 5 times straight before I had to put my foot down and move on to something else. Shiloh would have watched it all day.
(I think she liked it…)
We had to slow her down a bit, so her biggest sister started singing the song for her.
Then, she held hands with Emma and me and we walked her slowly over the ducks counting as she stepped on each new duck.
With a child who is ready for more independence, you can have them hop down the duck line or scatter the ducks out of order and have the child jump on the ducks in the proper number order.
Right now, Shiloh’s favorite number happens to be six, so every time we would say, five, she would follow it up with “Six!”
When we let go of her, she resumed running over the ducks, but this time she decided that she was going to be a duck too. “Quack!”
Then she got down on all fours and was going to become a dog, so we decided it was time to change things up a bit to keep her on track.
There were five of us with all the girls and me, so we each took a number and sang the song together.
After mama duck quacked, the girl holding the number 5 hid her duck behind her back, and the we raised up the remaining ducks as we counted 1, 2, 3, 4.
With each verse we hid one more duck until we got to one duck left.
I won’t say that she is now counting to 5, but with each exposure to numbers a little bit more sticks with her.
If you want a reminder of the song without turning on YouTube, you can get the picture book here:
Shiloh is currently on my arm, begging to watch the video again…!
Here is a Free Five Little Ducks on the Pond play dough printable for you to enjoy!
Be sure to check out the other great posts for #PlayfulPreschool’s pond theme!