Hey Duck! – Just a Duck? – Sleepover Duck!

Hey Duck! -Just a Duck?- Sleepover Duck! – Written and Illustrated by Carin Bramsen

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Hey Duck, Just a Duck and Sleepover Duck are delightful stories about the differences, similarities, and compromises between an unlikely pair of friends.

When Duck meets Cat, he is completely oblivious to the fact that Cat is not a duck. He just wants to be friends! Cat notices immediately that he and duck are not alike at all, and he becomes so focused on labels that he misses out on having a good time with a fun, new friend. Do you think that Cat can look past their differences and enjoy Duck as he is?

These heartwarming stories by Carin Bramsen will leave your children giggling and guffawing while reminding them to choose understanding, kindness and love despite our differences.

We selected a few activities to do with your young readers. In our experience, one or two activities are enough to keep your child engaged after the story.

Book and Activity Benefits

  • Learning about Friendship
  • Reading
  • Using scissors
  • Gluing
  • Learning to tie a knot
  • Identifying sight words
  • Being able to tell Right and Left

Bookmark

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Duck Tape Bookmarks

Idea inspired by The Simply Crafted Life

 Supplies needed

  • Duck Tape in the colors and designs of your choice. Get both wide and mini sizes.
    • We found Duck Tape in the craft section at WalMart. Plain colors can be found in the painting/hardware area of your store.
  • Embellishments-Pick what you like or what you have at home
    • Yarn for tassels
    • Cat/duck/owl buttons
    • Stick on alphabet letters
    • Stick on gems
    • Stickers
  • Scissors
  • A corner rounder for papers (optional)

Directions

Click here for instructions with pictures.

  1. Cut two 8-inch to 9-inch pieces of the wide duck tape.
  2. Place one of the pieces on top of the other a small section at a time – sticky sides will be together.
  3. Trim the edges on the bottom and top to make them straight.
  4. Curve the corners of the tape with a corner cutter or scissors.
  5. Decorate your bookmark.

You can see examples of each bookmark that we made in the bookmark instructions with pictures.

Craft

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Quacking Duck Craft

Idea inspired by The Quiet SLP

Supplies needed

  • Yellow paper drinking cups (Do not use styrofoam cups. They don’t create the sound needed for this activity)
  • A 12” piece of string
  • A sponge- cut into 2” X 1” piece
  • Colored craft feathers- we used yellow but your child may want to get creative and have a colorful duck.
  • Movable eyes
  • Orange and yellow construction paper or scrapbook paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Strong tape such as duct/duck tape or packing tape

Directions

Click Here for instructions with pictures.

  1. Poke a hole in the bottom of a paper drinking cup.
  2. Thread a piece of string through the hole from the inside of the cup having the string come out the bottom.
  3. Tie a knot at the end of the string, lay the end of the string down on the cup and place a piece of tape over it. This keeps the string from coming through the hole when you pull on it.
  4. If you would like you can cut a round piece of yellow paper and place it in the top to hide the string and the hole.
  5. Cut the sponge from your large sponge into a 2” X 1” piece
  6. Tie the other end of the string onto the sponge (double Knotting) in the middle of the sponge.
  7. Glue feathers on ¾ of the cup.
  8. Glue eyes on the cup.
  9. Cut a duckbill out of the orange construction paper. We free-handed the duckbill, you will fold a small piece of paper in half. Next, from the folded side, cut a v shape in the paper.
  10. Round off the tip (bottom) of the V shape to create a duck bill. Glue it onto the cup.
  11. Let your duck dry . You can place it in front of a fanto help it dry faster.

To make your duck quack you will wet the sponge. Take the sponge and fold it in half over the string then pull down and it will make a quacking sound.

Activity

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Cat and duck sight word bingo

Can you help Cat and Duck make it to the pond and the tree so that they can play? Gather some friends to play this fun Bingo word game. The words in this game are words you can also find in the Duck books. Three words from the books are on every card. Ask your children to help you identify which words are in which books.

Supplies needed

Game Set Up

  1. Print the Cat and Duck Sight Word Bingo Game.
  2. There are sight words at the bottom of page 1 for you to cut out. Cut each word out on  and place the words into a bowl or a container of your choice. You will draw the words from this container.

Game Play

  1. Give 1 card to each player. (we played a few rounds with each player holding 2 cards because we had fewer people).
  2. Have 1 person (starting with the oldest) draw one word at a time out of the container and read it out loud. This person is the word caller for the entire game.
  3. Players who have the word that was drawn on their card will place a button on top of the circled word.
  4. The first play to cover all of the words on his/her card and yell “BINGO” wins the game.
  • To start the next game, all players should hand the card they just had to the person on their left.
  • The person to the right of last game’s word caller will be the word caller for this next round.

Food

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Duck Fruit Cup Snacks

Idea inspired by Keeping It Simple

These cute little fruit cup snacks are the perfect thing to enjoy while reading your “Duck Books.”

Supplies

  • Fruit cups with yellow fruit in them such as pineapple, pears, yellow cling peaches (which my husband said they are yellow but they appear to be orange to me.) or applesauce.
  • Orange felt ( to make this simpler you may use construction/scrapbook paper.
  • Print the patterns on Page 3 of the Duck Fruit Cup Snacks instructions on white cardstock or paper).
  • Movable eyes – medium size
  • School glue, stick glue or a sticker maker
  • Scissors

Directions

Click here for instructions with pictures

  1. Trace your duck feet from the patterns on page 3 onto felt. Cut them out.
    1. If you choose to forego the felt and use only cardstock, print out the feet patterns on page 3 and cut them out of the cardstock.
  2. To make your duckbills, fold small pieces of felt in half. From the folded side, cut a v shape. Round the felt a small amount at the bottom of the duckbill.
    1. If you are using the patterns cut out the diamond shape and fold them in half. You may want to color the back side of the pattern so the inside of the mouth is not white. Put all of your pieces through the sticker maker at this point if you are using this as your binding method.
      1. NOTE* I used my sticker maker for all of the duck pieces. School glue or glue sticks work just as well. When feeding your duckbills through the sticker maker make sure you fold them in half so only one half of the bill gets sticky.
  3. Attach your duck feet to the cup. Make sure that the printing (if your cups have printed expiration dates on them) on the cups are covered as much as possible with the top of the duck feet.
  4. Add the eyes.
  5. Add the duckbills.

You’re finished with your Duck Fruit Cup Snack. Enjoy as you read the stories.