Tiny Tots Reading Club
Welcome to Tiny Tots Reading Club! This week we are reading and exploring one of our family favorites, 10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle. It is so easy to become obsessed with Eric Carle books, we are, which maybe you can tell from our previous posts?
Based on a True Story
Did you know that 10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle was based on a true story? Well it was back in 1992 a shipment of 29,000 rubber bathtub toys, including ducks, beavers, turtles and frogs, fell overboard from a container ship. Some of these rubber toys have washed up on the shores of Alaska, Hawaii, South America, Australia and the Pacific Northwest. Others have been found frozen in Arctic ice and made their way to Newfoundland and Scotland. How wonderful to find a rubber duck on shore one day?
Eric Carle’s 10 Little Rubber Ducks
Carle’s story begins at a factory where assembly line workers are painting details onto bright yellow rubber ducks. Then off to far away countries for the little rubber ducks. When all of a sudden a storm hits, and 10 rubber ducks go overboard into the sea. Each duck floats in a different direction – west, east, north, south, left, right, up, down, this way and that way- and encounters a different animal (a dolphin, seal, polar bear, etc.) in each direction. The story is filled with excitement and learning opportunities, it is a favorite in our house and hopefully if it isn’t already it will be in yours as well.
The art in this book
The illustrations in this story are in Carle’s signature collage style, made of various cut paper which create beautiful imagery for this story. The bright colors, texture, light and motion delight the eye and bring out the text’s nuances. The ordinal numbers are shown in a bold typeface that stands out from the narrative. This is a perfect story to read aloud together as a family or to read aloud in a class.
Lesson for older readers
Discussing with older readers the true story behind 10 Little Rubber Ducks can inspire them to write a story of their own based on something that has happened in their lives. How amazing is it that this story of the lost bathtub toys inspired Eric Carle to create this magical story of his own.
The free printable can be downloaded here, reminder please do not share the file’s direct link, please share this blog post.
For my printables I like to print on card stock, because it makes it super sturdy for reusable use. To add even more sturdiness and make them reusable I like to laminate the materials. Laminating them or putting them into pouches or even page protectors lets you be able to use dry erase markers or crayons.
10 Little Rubber Ducks Crafts
Making the Paper Plate Ducky Craft was so much fun. I love how creating crafts with my children not only develops skills and creativity but also brings out such pride in them. My little guy is so proud of his work that he did with these crafts and can’t wait to show whomever comes home his art displayed on the fridge.
What to do:
- Paint paper plate blue. Set it aside to dry.
- While the plate is drying take a piece of white paper or card stock and paint the palm of your hand (child’s hand) yellow. Set it aside to dry.
- Once the blue paper plate is dry you can unravel one of the cotton balls and create little cloud shapes or just glue them onto the paper plate to create clouds.
- Once the yellow hand print is dry, cut out the hand print.
- Draw on an eye or glue on a googly eye and feather.
- Cut a small triangle out of the orange paper and glue it onto your duck as a beak.
- Glue your duck hand print onto the blue paper plate.
What to do:
- Cut paper plate in half.
- Paint paper plate yellow.
- Cut out orange duck feet and beak.
- Cut out yellow head.
- Glue or tape pieces together. Add feather as wing and your googly eye.
Watch and Create:
Music really engages kids. I find that my kids absolutely adore music, especially my youngest. Want to add music to your tiny tots reading club lesson? Here are a couple of our picks. Let us know your favorites in the comment section below.
What are some books you would love us to include in Tiny Tots Reading Club? Let us know in the comments below.