Duck Puppet Craft & Song

by Kim

 

This is a super quick craft that leads to a lot of fun and playing.

I don’t have a photo of the supplies, because we started off with the idea of making it one way and then had to revise our plans as we made our puppet.

You will need a macaroni and cheese box, orange construction paper, scissors, and tape. That’s it.

We started off trying to paint our box with trim roller.

As you can see, it didn’t turn out very well.

Onto how it was actually successful. ;)

Go ahead and cut your box in the middle, but leave one of the large side uncut. Like above.

Now you can have your children help you wrap the construction paper around each half.

We taped ours up like a present. The kids had a great time putting the tape on.

Now fold the box and your children have an instant puppet.

We added some eyes at the last minute, too. Drawn on regular paper with a marker and my daughter cut out.

Here is a fun duck song that my children LOVE to sing around the house and in the car. We tried to record them singing it with me, but it was totally crazy and you couldn’t understand a word of it. That is what happens when a 5 year old, 3 year old, and 1 year old all start singing together. But you know how that is. :)

Kim is a contributing writer for No Time For Flash Cards, a mom to a toddler, a preschooler, and a foster parent, too. She juggles her day by trying out fun activities and crafts with the kids. After all, she is just a big kid herself. See what she has been up to over at Mom Tried It.

Fall Leaf Craft !

Today’s post is by Tara of Feels Like Home, Thanks Tara for such a fun fall kids  craft !

finished turkey

For weeks, Gracie has been asking me to make a duckie project. We didn’t have any feathers to make the duckie that Allie previously posted, so I had to make something up. Being that it’s fall on the east coast, we had lots of leaves to work with. I decided that we’d crumble the leaves and use them to cover our duckie. This craft goes together really quickly at the end, but it takes a little planning ahead.

1. Go outside and gather lots of leaves. We chose a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. Of course, while we were outside, we talked about the different trees. We talked about why trees drop their leaves, and how they go to sleep over the winter. It was a lovely science lesson.

2. When you get back inside, spread the leaves out on newspaper to dry. Our leaves were quite wet because we gathered them in the morning, and they took most of a day to really dry out. dry leaves

3. Gather the rest of your materials. You’ll need glue, a marker, a piece of construction paper, and a googly eye. We didn’t have a googly eye (a fact that distressed me slightly), so Grace and I raided my button bin for a suitable eye.

find a button

Finding an eye was another great lesson. We sorted the buttons into piles by shape – hearts, footballs, flowers, and circles. I didn’t initiate the sorting; I just followed Grace’s lead.

6. Once your materials are all ready, draw a duck on a piece of construction paper. I had a problem with this step. After drawing two mutant squash, I finally got something that resembled a bird. My husband thought it looked more like a turkey than a duck, but you can decide for yourself.

7. Allow your child to smear glue all over the bird, and then help her to tear or crumble the leaves to cover up the glue. While we were working, Grace squealed, This so messy Momma! in the middle of our project. And then she asked for more glue, so I’m pretty sure that messy was a good thing. rip the leaves

8. Make a beak for your bird using leaves or a scrap of construction paper. I found a cool orange leaf with pointy ends, and I cut off two of the points to use as a beak. I glued the beak on myself.

9. Find two leaf stems that you can use for bird legs. I asked Grace to put some glue on her ducky where his legs would go, and then handed her the legs to stick into the glue.

10. Ask your artist to put some glue on the bird where his eye belongs. Stick the button or googly eye into the glue. (finished turkey photo)

Grace thought that our duck needed some grass to hide in, so she glued a few leaves onto the paper around him.

11. I was going to cut the duck out and put him on a new piece of paper, but we would’ve lost the habitat Grace worked so hard on. dry turkey craft

12. After your duck is dry, hang it on the wall.

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Tara Ziegmont is a mom of 1 and a teacher to many. You can catch up with Tara on her blog Feels Like Home !