Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Five Little Ducks

Guest post by Sarah Cournoyer

Five Little Ducks Flannelplay
Five Little Ducks Flannelplay (author's image)
I was fortunate to be selected to participate in the Growing Wisconsin Readers EarlyLiteracy Coursework with Saroj Ghoting that took place over fall and winter 2014/15. One of the things I was inspired to do as a result is to create more flannelplays and related handouts and crafts that families can take home after storytime to extend the early literacy activities that we did together in Storytime.

The first one of these I created was Five Little Ducks. I made a coloring template with a mother duck and five ducklings using clipart. Then I used a paper plate folded in half and decorated with a pond on one side and a hill on the other.

Five Little Ducks Extension Activity
Five Little Ducks Extension Activity (author's image)
Adding numbers to the ducklings can contribute to number literacy. One of the children demonstrated that he knew how to count backwards from 5 to 1 while making his little ducks and totally surprised his mom who didn’t know he knew how. I also took this extension activity to a session I presented to childcare providers called Fun with Flannel. They appreciated the ease of making it and the fact that all of the children could have their own prop for the story/song.

Written by:
Sarah Cournoyer, Assistant Director & Children’s Librarian
Horicon Public Library, Horicon, WI