How Does The 5 Little Ducks Song Teach Math?

Numeracy is the ability to understand and work with numbers. It means more than just counting 1, 2, 3. It also means understanding that 2 is one more than 1, or that the number two means a representation of two items. It also means that when you add or take away a number it changes the quantity.


For young children it’s important to embed these learning ideas into fun active experiences as number computation is very abstract to them unless it’s aligned with physically touching something.


That’s why many early childhood educators sing songs of “5 Little something” in the title. For example, 5 little pumpkins, 5 little monkeys and 5 little ducks.


In this video you can see what the song 5 little ducks sounds like and let your kids sing along. They can either use their fingers, real toy ducks, or look below the video to learn how to make your very own felt board with ducks.


Here’s how you can make your very own felt board so your child can play along!


Purchase a cork board, some felt, glue gun and sticks and some googly eyes.


1. Cut the felt to match the size of your cork board



2. Use the glue gun to glue it to one side of your board




3. Cut 5 ducks out of the yellow felt.




4. Glue on the Googly Eyes and draw the wing with a black marker


5. Print out a copy of the song and have FUN!



Don’t forget to check out our songs and fingerplays page for more fun ideas!


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