A duck, a goose, and an egg

In circle time we read this super cute book called “Duck and Goose” by Tad Hills. In this book, the two ducks find an egg and go through great lengths to claim the egg as their very own…

This book was new to my students and we were quite a ways into the book before some of the children started to realize that perhaps this wasn’t an egg after all….

This was a fun book to kick off a morning full of rubber ducky play and exploration…

In art, the children made rubber ducky prints on a large white egg-shaped paper…

This was a very simple activity for my class but the children in my class really love my collection of rubber ducks so painting with them was a new way to have fun and it went along nicely with our duck book…

Some of the children painted with only one color. I think it was because they were more interested in playing with the ducks then making any sort of colorful egg shape – and besides, my white paper eggs didn’t turn out all that egg-shaped. However, I did have some children decide they wanted to try out all the colors of paint…

In addition to painting with the rubber ducks, the children played with rubber ducks and plastic eggs in the water tub…

I also added wooden chopsticks to their waterplay…

I often add the chopsticks to the water tubs to add a little fine motor skill development in the process of their play..

There were children playing in the  water tub all throughout the morning. Many would leave to go and do something else for a bit but often return to play in the water tubs again…

We had lots of plastic egg play going on throughout the classroom as well and tomorrow, I will share more on how we explored our plastic eggs…

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By |2012-03-29T07:00:59+00:00March 29th, 2012|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Chelsea March 29, 2012 at 7:53 am - Reply

    Just wanted to thank you so much for sharing your great ideas! I am a stay-at-home mom with active little boys. If I don’t find constructive ways to keep them busy they will find ways to entertain themselves! I love that I can go to your site and walk away 2 minutes later armed with ideas most of which I easily have the supplies for. We are regulars at our library and I love that you tie everything in with a book. And lastly, I love when you talk about the differences between your pre-k’s and your 3’s. My oldest son has a September birthday so he is kind of between the two groups. One wouldn’t think a few months in age can make such difference, but as you point out, it does! It is such a welcomed reminder to read you observations about skill levels. So I thank you. Your work is noticed and much appreciated!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 29, 2012 at 7:33 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for your comment Chelsea. You are so right that a few months can make SUCH a huge difference in interest and development when presenting an idea. Having a mixed age group in my classroom this year has really magnified this for me so when I think of it, I try to point it out for you all. Your boys are so lucky to have a mom that will look for fun and constructive ideas to keep little hands and minds busy!

  2. Victoria @ Mommy Marginalia March 29, 2012 at 9:44 am - Reply

    My son LOVES the Duck and Goose books (although from your photographs, it appears that there’s more meat to the original pictures books – we only have the board books), and he loves to paint – time to order some inexpensive ducks and let him combine the two! Such fun!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 29, 2012 at 7:30 pm - Reply

      I don’t have the board books but you are right – this book was really more of a reader:)

  3. Heather Mix March 29, 2012 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    It is hard to find good blogs about preschool. I recently started one about preschool. I left you a Lovely Blog Award on my site for you to pick up. I hope you enjoy my site!

    Heather Mix
    An Interesting Mix

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 29, 2012 at 7:28 pm - Reply

      Thank you Heather! I will stop by!

  4. crystal@growingajeweledrose March 30, 2012 at 1:18 am - Reply

    Aw, very cute rubber ducky play. I love the tip to add chop sticks for fine motor. Thanks 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 30, 2012 at 7:49 pm - Reply

      We use the chopsticks all the time:)

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