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5 Little Ducks – Printable Activity

Five little ducks went swimming one day . . .

Free printable duck templates from www.dltk-teach.com and www.first-school.ws

Mama Duck – http://www.first-school.ws/t/cpduck2.htm

Baby Ducks – http://www.dltk-teach.com/t.asp?b=m&t=http://www.dltk-teach.com/books/brownbear/clips/bduck.gif (print 5 on different colored paper)

Laminate these, place a number on the baby ducks 1-5, and stick magnet tape on the back of them (or not if you just want to lay these out on a table or the floor).  You want your child to lay these out in order, so either tell them to pick up the “blue” one (my number 1 was blue) and put it in the proper position, or if your child is beginning to recognize numbers you can tell them to pick up number 1, and put it in the proper position. 

As you get to the end of the verse, say, “Take away number 5,” then recount the remaining baby ducks out loud, and then sing the verse from the beginning with the new number. 

Over the hills and far away,

Mama Duck said “Quack, Quack, Quack, Quack . . .

But only 4 little ducks came back.

(Go back to the first verse and drop the number by one for the first and last verse, removing the highest numbered duck each time.)

Here is the ASL to go with key words in the song.  You can cut these out and stick them to the surface you’re putting your duck printables on so you’ll have easy hands-free access to them while you’re working through the song.  Just click on the graphic and print. 

If these signs are new to you, remember to use the free ASL dictionaries at www.babysignlanguage.com or www.lifeprint.com to make sure you understand the correct sign and then use these graphics as a reminder or prompt.

“Oh, Brother,” Family Names in PECs and Sign Language

Last week, Noah’s hippotherapy instructor at Red Arena said it’s time for Noah to learn the names of his siblings in sign language and to learn the sign for brother and sister.  I’m trying to keep PECs for the words we’re learning in sign, so here’s our printables for both.  While I was at it, I decided to add in PECs for other relatives too.

Family Names PECs – Picture Exchange Cards for Mommy, Daddy, Grandma, Grandpa, Sister, Brother, Granddaughter, son, daughter

ASL – Family Names Flash Cards – American Sign Language for Mommy, Daddy, Grandma, Grandpa, Sister, Brother

Thanks to www.babysignlanguage.com for their graphics.  By the way, they’ve got a whole collection of adorable free printable flash cards on their site for a lot of the words I offer here.  I make my graphics larger for posting on the wall, but theirs are great for reviewing in a sit-down situation.

Names in ASL can be tricky.  The preferred way to acquire a name is to be given it by someone in the deaf community.  A name can also be spelled out letter by letter.  For our purposes in using sign language as a stepping stone to speech, make the sign of the first letter of the person’s name.  If it is a boy, place the positioned hand on your forehead and then move it out a bit.  This is similar to the sign for “boy,” but yours will be different.

If the name is for a girl, make the sign of the first letter of her name, position your hand just below the ear, and move it down the contour of your face, stopping just before the chin.  This is similar to the sign for girl, but again your handshape will be different.

This is what I’m talking about when I say I love the logic of sign language.  Also, just by knowing your sign language alphabet and the signs for “boy” and “girl,” you are now able to make names for everyone in your family and then some.  (That is unless you are a member of the Duggar Family and you have 20 or so children plus a daddy whose names all start with the same letter.)