What is yellow, squishy, easy-to-grasp, and provides an instant smile? A rubber ducky, of course!
For most children, bath time or backyard pool time experiences are enhanced by the simple plastic (not rubber) cartoon version of the famous water fowl. From the ever-familiar Ernie and his tiny rubber ducky to the giant smile maker created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, rubber ducks have a way of creating positive memories.
January 13 is National Rubber Duck Day. Why not celebrate by bringing a dozen or so of these cute creatures into the classroom to create positive educational memories for the little ones in your care?
This resource from Rainbows to Snowflakes provides suggestions on how to incorporate rubber ducks into the classroom routine. Four printables are also included.
The activities address the following subjects and skills:
Geography: Continents and Oceans
Counting and identifying ordinals
Use of the internet for locating and verifying information
Map reading skills
Identifying and using positional words
Additional materials required, but NOT included, to conduct the activities:
10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle
World Map or Globe
Computer with internet connection