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I’ve been enjoying daily walks with my four year old—while staying six feet apart from other New Yorkers! With spring here, we’ve been seeing and hearing more and more birds. Challenge your little one to an “I Spy” for birds—on a walk, from your window, or on your coloring sheet—and see how many you can count.
Here’s a hands-on activity to do at home, inspired by: Central Park Pond; New-York Historical’s John James Audubon watercolor of Mallard ducks; and One Duck Stuck: A Mucky Ducky Counting Book by Phyllis Root and illustrated by Jane Chapman, this week’s book for Little New-Yorkers.
- Coloring sheets (print out two copies)
- Crayons, colored pencils, or markers
- Scissors (adults should help!)
- Scrap paper, the more colorful the better
- Glue stick
- Tape (adults should help!)
Print out two copies of coloring sheet (each copy is a set of three 8 ½ x 11 sheets). One set we’ll use as our background, and one set we’ll cut up to make more ducks to count.
Color your whole duck pond scene!
Using your second print out, color and cut out as many ducks as you like.
Add feathers to these ducks by cutting small ovals, and then making lots of little cuts on each side of the oval. Use your glue stick to attach them to your duck.
Tape your three coloring sheets together and stand them up so you have a background. Your feathered ducks can fly and swim through your picture.
How many ducks did you make? Did any of your ducks get stuck in the mud? Who will help them get out?
By Alice Stevenson