Saturday, September 22, 2012

A Joke Quackin' Duck - Toddler Art Project

A Joke Quackin' Duck

Age: 2 - 5 Years (younger ones need more supervision)

Time: 10 min (+ Prep)

Theme: Ducks!

Books: Duck Sock Hop by Jane Kohuth, The Duckling Gets a Cookie?! By Mo Willems

Dark Yellow or Orange Construction Paper
Yellow copy paper
Star or Dot Or Heart or Other Shaped Stickers for Eyes
Glue sticks
Adult get to use Scissors

Prep: To make the duck bills, trace and cut a 6” circle from the construction paper then fold and cut into quarters. To prepare the puppets, fold a sheet of copy paper in apx. thirds long way (2-3/4 x 11). If the kids are very young you will also want to do the next steps: glue the edge closed, then fold the strip into quarters like an ‘M’ by folding in half, then folding the edges even with that fold.

Activity: Each child gets plain sheet of paper already folded into an ‘M’, a duck bill, a feather, a glue stick and some stickers. Glue the feather, then the bill onto the puppet (allowing the bill to overlap the feather will keep it from falling off easily in play). Add stickers for eyes, nostrils, beauty marks, etc. Test out your puppet then quack a joke!

Notes/Tips: The folded paper creates a pocket for fingers to go inside. Using the basic M fold, you can create other creatures by using different colored paper and features. This can become a big kid project by demonstrating the technique, then letting them design their own creatures.

PS. My top model decided she wanted to be on the other side of the camera for this project. The results were blurry but she got me!


  1. Our toddlers would love that. They are in to making animal sounds lately and would love to make the duck say 'quack.' Thanks for sharing on Artsy Play Wednesday on Capri + 3.

    1. Animal sounds are so much fun! We have been reading a lot of Mo Willems lately - What's Your Sound Hound the Hound is a great one for animal sounds!

  2. Oh, this is so cute!! My daughter would love it!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

    1. Be careful - making them seems contagious (though I suspect that it isn't so much the making as the interactive play that always follows)