Ivy Kids Kit - Make Way for Ducklings

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In October's Ivy Kids Kit featuring the classic book Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey, you will find:

  • The Caldecott Medal book Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
  • Read along Bookmark: Use to assist with reading comprehension.
  • Mallard Duck: Included in this month's kit is a realistic looking, blow-up mallard duck. Not only is this duck a wonderful tool for retelling the story Make Way for Ducklings, but it also floats in water and makes a great bath toy!
  • Draw Like Robert McCloskey: Use the charcoal sticks to draw a mallard duck just like the author/illustrator, Robert McCloskey, did for the book Make Way for Ducklings. Children will enjoy exploring this new art medium!
  • My Favorite Part of Make Way for DucklingsAfter reading the story, draw and/or write about your favorite part.
  • Paint Your Own Duck: Use the paints to decorate your own duck and use your duck for dramatic play or in the tub. 
  • Name the Ducklings: Use the labels provided to name the ducklings from the story. Then line up the ducklings in alphabetical order as they were lined up in Make Way for Ducklings.
  • Make Way for the Ducklings Board Game: Roll the die and move your duckling along the path. Watch out for cars and bikes! The first player to get the duckling to the pond wins. 
  • Eggs in Your Nest: Players take turns rolling the die and collecting eggs in their nest. The player that collects the most eggs wins.  
  • Retelling the Story: Use the nests and ducks to retell the story. Children will also enjoy using these materials for pretend play. 
  • Duck Feather Exploration: Learn interesting facts about duck feathers and examine two different types of mallard duck feathers.
  • Feather Painting: Paint white duck feathers with beautiful designs and patterns, or use the feathers as a paint brush.
  • Duck Race: There are 8 ducklings trying to get to the pond in the park. Each duckling follows a different shape path. A duckling can only move forward when the spinner lands on its shape. Which duck will make it to the park first? 
  • Boston Map and Photos: Use the map to trace the ducklings' walk through Boston and learn about the real Boston Public Garden.  
  • United States Map: Hang this map on your wall and use it find the home state of Mr. and Mrs. Mallard, as well as your own home state. 
Your Kit includes a guide for each activity to help promote your child’s learning while you play together.
At Ivy Kids, we know that every child is unique. In your guide, you will find tips to
modify each game based on the age and development of your child.