5 little ducks (6 months and older)

Build your child's mathematical foundations while having fun singing and counting with them


Home Learning

You will need

You’ll need 8 items (preferably similar to each other) and images of the items printed out on an A4 piece of paper.

What to do

This is a great activity that’s so simple. You don’t have to use ducks. Lego, balls, pom poms, etc can also work. It’s just nice to use ‘ducks’ because you can use the kid’s favourite, ‘Five Little Ducks’ so that the song, items and vocabulary all correspond. You can sing the song, count to five twice - doing so slowly, and then do the activity. To present it: lay out a line of five items next to each other and a line of three items. Slowly count the items and point to them whilst doing so.

Counting five little ducks

Learning outcomes

  • Mathematical foundation building through association of names with objects
  • Mathematical foundation building, learning there is a sequence to names
  • Enriched mathematics vocabulary and language skills
  • Gross motor development when touching and handling the items

Discuss with your child

  • What is that?
  • It’s a duck; there are three.
  • Which line is longer?
  • Look five! 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
  • Oh and here? 1, 2, 3!

Video Resource

‘Five Little Ducks’ from Super Simple Songs on YouTube: