Poems

Duck
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Soft, white feathers on your back, back, back!
Duck in the water, splash and splish!
Dip in your bill and catch those fish!

Duck out of water, walk on land.
Your webbed feet make it hard to stand!
Waddle with your family, waddle in a pack.
Duck out of water, quack, quack, quack!
- Meish Goldish




Ducks’ Ditty

All along the backwater,
Through the rushes tall,
Ducks are a-dabbling.
Up tails all!

Ducks’ tails, drakes’ tails,
Yellow feet a-quiver,
Yellow bills all out of sight
Busy in the river!

Slushy green undergrowth
Where the roach swim –
Here we keep our larder,
Cool and full and dim.

Every one for what he likes!
We like to be
Heads down, tails up,
Dabbling free!

High in the blue above
Swifts whirl and call –
We are down a-dabbling
Up tails all!
- Kenneth Grahame


Ducks
Ducks are lucky
Don't you think?
When they want to
Take a drink,
All they do is
Duck their bill.
(Doesn't matter
If they spill.)
When they want to
Take a swim,
All they do is
Dive right in;
And they never
Seem to sink.
Ducks are lucky,
Don't you think?
- Mary Ann Hoberman


Five Little Ducks
Five little ducks
Went out one day,
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said,
“Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
But only four little ducks came back.

Four little ducks
Went out one day,
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said,
“Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
But only three little ducks came back.

Three little ducks
Went out one day,
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said,
“Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
But only two little ducks came back.

Two little ducks
Went out one day,
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said,
“Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
But only one little ducks came back.

One little ducks
Went out one day,
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said,
“Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
But none of the five little ducks came back.

Sad mother duck,
Went out one day,
Over the hill and far away
Sad mother duck said,
“Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
And all of the five little ducks came back.
- Dorothy Aldis


Paddle Little Ducks
Paddle little ducks,
Paddle, paddle all day;
Paddle little ducks,
Paddle, paddle away.

Five little ducks paddling to shore,
One paddled away, then there were four;
Four little ducks paddling toward me,
One paddled away, then there were three;
Three little ducks paddling toward you,
One paddled away, then there were two;
Two little ducks paddling in the sun,
One paddled away, then there was none!

Paddle little ducks,
Paddle, paddle all day;
Paddle little ducks,
Paddle, paddle away.


Ten Little Ducks
One duck, two ducks, splashing in a pool.
Three ducks, four ducks find the water cool.
Five ducks, six ducks want to stay and play.
Seven ducks, eight ducks love a rainy day.
Nine ducks, ten ducks, all with wings outspread,
Shake their shiny feathers and waddle off to bed.
Avelyn Davidson

Ten Little Ducklings
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Dash, dash, dash!
Jumped in the duck pond,
Splash, splash, splash!
When the mother called them,
"Quack, quack, quack!"
Ten little ducklings,
Swam right back.




The Duck

Behold the duck.
It does not cluck.
A cluck it lacks.
It quacks.
It is specially fond
Of a puddle or pond.
When it dines or sups,
It bottoms ups.
- Ogden Nash


The Duck
When you’re a Duck like me it’s impossible
to make friends with humans like you.
We’re friendly and don’t cause any trouble,
but you’re not and you certainly do.

We swim round, me and the family,
while you throw us old lumps of bread.
Your dog starts to run with the crack of your gun
and one of us loses his head.

And if that’s not enough, then you cook us
with our legs sticking up in the air.
Try putting yourself into our place.
I tell you, it just isn’t fair.
- Richard Digance


The Duck and the Kangaroo
Said the Duck to the Kangaroo,
'Good gracious! how you hop!
Over the fields and the water too,
As if you never would stop!
My life is a bore in this nasty pond,
And I long to go out in the world beyond!
I wish I could hop like you!'
Said the duck to the Kangaroo.

'Please give me a ride on your back!'
Said the Duck to the Kangaroo.
'I would sit quite still, and say nothing but 'Quack,'
The whole of the long day through!
And we'd go to the Dee, and the Jelly Bo Lee,
Over the land and over the sea;--
Please take me a ride! O do!'
Said the Duck to the Kangaroo.

Said the Kangaroo to the Duck,
'This requires some little reflection;
Perhaps on the whole it might bring me luck,
And there seems but one objection,
Which is, if you'll let me speak so bold,
Your feet are unpleasantly wet and cold,
And would probably give me the roo-
Matiz!' said the Kangaroo.

Said the Duck ,'As I sate on the rocks,
I have thought over that completely,
And I bought four pairs of worsted socks
Which fit my web-feet neatly.
And to keep out the cold I've bought a cloak,
And every day a cigar I'll smoke,
All to follow my own dear true
Love of a Kangaroo!'

Said the Kangaroo, 'I'm ready!
All in the moonlight pale;
But to balance me well, dear Duck, sit steady!
And quite at the end of my tail!'
So away they went with a hop and a bound,
And they hopped the whole world three times round;
And who so happy, -- O who,
As the duck and the Kangaroo?
- Edward Lear


The Duck Song
I see a duck.
The duck sees me.
I like the ducks.
The ducks like me.
Big green ducks.
One, two, three.
I like the ducks
and the ducks like me.


Quack Quack
We have two ducks. One blue. One black.
And when our blue duck goes QUACK , "quack, quack,"
Our black duck quickly quack quacks back.
The quacks Blue quacks, makes her quite a quacker;
But Black is a quicker quacker backer.
- Dr. Seuss


Quack! Quack! Quack!
Five little ducks that I once knew,
Big ones, little ones, skinny ones too,
But the one little duck with the
Feather on his back,
All he could do was, "Quack, Quack, Quack!"
All he could do was, "Quack, Quack, Quack!"

Down to the river they would go,
Waddling, waddling, to and fro,
But the one little duck with the
Feather on his back,
All he could do was, "Quack, Quack, Quack!"
All he could do was, "Quack, Quack, Quack!"
from Poems in Your Pocket


WHAT A BIT OF LUCK
What a bit of luck, I was born a duck.
I can go wherever I please,
I can fly above the trees.
I can swim across the pond.
I can waddle over the lawn.
What a bit of luck, I was born a duck.
Jean Warren

Fingerplays

FIVE LITTLE DUCKS
Five little ducks went out one day, (Hold up 5 fingers)
Over the hills and far away, (Put hand behind back)
Mama duck said "quack, quack, quack, quack!" (Use other hand to imitate a duck quacking)
But only four little ducks came back. (Bring out hand with only four fingers up)
One, two, three, four. (Count each of the four fingers)
Subtract one duck until none of the five little ducks come back. Remember the last verse is happy!
Sad mama duck went out one day,
Over the hills and far away,
Mama duck said "quack, quack, quack, quack!"
And all of the five little ducks came back.
One, two, three, four, five!


Five Little Ducks & Five Little Quail
Five little ducks went out to play (Wiggle five fingers on one hand)
And met five quail that came their way. (Wiggle five fingers on other hand.)
The five little quail went to get a snack (put quail hand behind back.)
And the five little ducks went quack, quack, quack (use hand to form duck bill)


TEN LITTLE DUCKLINGS
Little baby ducklings (Ducklings move back and forth in a waddling motion)
Dash, dash, dash! (Ducklings run in place)
Jump in the pond. (Ducklings make jumping motion)
Splash, splash, splash! (Ducklings use hands to make splashing motions)

When their mother ,
“Quack, quack, quacks.” (Mother duck quacks)
Little baby ducklings
Swam right back. (Ducklings make swimming motions)


The Little Ducklings
All the little ducklings
Line up in a row. (Stand up)
Quack, quack, quack,
And away they go. (Hands and thumbs together with both hands)

They follow their mother, (put hands behind as a tail waddle)
Waddling to and fro.
Quack, quack, quack
And away they go.
(repeat above)

Down to the big pond
Happy as can be. (smile)
Quack, quack, quack
They are full of glee. (repeat)

They jump in the water (jump up and down)
And bob up and down,
Quack, quack, quack,
they swim all around.
(repeat)

All the little ducklings (swimming motion)
Swimming far away.
Quack, quack, quack,
They'll play another day.(repeat)




Songs

Five Little Ducks
Five little ducks that I once knew,
Fat were three and skinny were two.
But, the one little duck with the feather on his back,
He ruled the others with a quack, quack, quack!
Quack, quack, quack!
Quack, quack, quack!
He ruled the others with a quack, quack, quack!

Down to the water they would go,
Wiggle woggle, wiggle woggle,
To and fro,
But, the one little duck with the feather on his back,
He ruled the others with a quack, quack, quack!
Quack, quack, quack!
Quack, quack, quack!
He ruled the others with a quack, quack, quack!

(sing the following verse slowly)
Down from the water they would come,
Wiggle woggle, wiggle woggle,
Ho, ho, hum,
But, the one little duck with the feather on his back,
He ruled the others with a quack, quack, quack!
Quack, quack, quack!
Quack, quack, quack!
He ruled the others with a quack, quack, quack!


DOWN AT THE POND
Tune: “Down At The Station”

Down at the pond
Early in the morning.
See the little ducklings
Swimming in a row.

See the mother duck
Dive for her breakfast.
Up, down, up, down
Watch her head go!

Down at the pond
Early in the morning.
See the little ducklings
Swimming in a row.

See the mother duck
Flap her wings just so.
Up she flys
Her ducklings in tow!
Jean Warren


Had a Little Rooster
Had a little rooster by the barnyard gate,
That little rooster was my playmate,
That little rooster went cock-a-doodle-doo,
Dee-doodle-dee, doodle-dee, doodle-dee-doo.

Had a little cat by the barnyard gate,
That little cat was my playmate,
That little cat went meow, meow, meow
That little rooster went cock-a-doodle-doo,
Dee-doodle-dee, doodle-dee, doodle-dee-doo.

Had a little dog by the barnyard gate,
That little dog was my playmate,
That little dog went arf, arf, arf,
That little cat went meow, meow, meow
That little rooster went cock-a-doodle-doo,
Dee-doodle-dee, doodle-dee, doodle-dee-doo.

Had a little duck by the barnyard gate,
That little duck was my playmate,
That little duck went quack, quack, quack,
That little dog went arf, arf, arf,
That little cat went meow, meow, meow
That little rooster went cock-a-doodle-doo,
Dee-doodle-dee, doodle-dee, doodle-dee-doo.

Had a little pig by the barnyard gate,
That little pig was my playmate,
That little pig went oink, oink, oink,
That little duck went quack, quack, quack,
That little dog went arf, arf, arf,
That little cat went meow, meow, meow
That little rooster went cock-a-doodle-doo,
Dee-doodle-dee, doodle-dee, doodle-dee-doo.

Had a little sheep by the barnyard gate,
That little sheep was my playmate,
That little sheep went baa, baa, baa,
That little pig went oink, oink, oink,
That little duck went quack, quack, quack,
That little dog went arf, arf, arf,
That little cat went meow, meow, meow
That little rooster went cock-a-doodle-doo,
Dee-doodle-dee, doodle-dee, doodle-dee-doo.

Had a little cow by the barnyard gate,
That little cow was my playmate,
That little cow went moo, moo, moo,
That little sheep went baa, baa, baa,
That little pig went oink, oink, oink,
That little duck went quack, quack, quack,
That little dog went arf, arf, arf,
That little cat went meow, meow, meow
That little rooster went cock-a-doodle-doo,
Dee-doodle-dee, doodle-dee, doodle-dee-doo.

Had a little horse by the barnyard gate,
That little horse was my playmate,
That little horse went neigh, neigh, neigh,
That little cow went moo, moo, moo,
That little sheep went baa, baa, baa,
That little pig went oink, oink, oink,
That little duck went quack, quack, quack,
That little dog went arf, arf, arf,
That little cat went meow, meow, meow
That little rooster went cock-a-doodle-doo,
Dee-doodle-dee, doodle-dee, doodle-dee-doo.


Little White Duck
There’s a little white duck sitting in the water
A little white duck doing what he ought-er
He took a bite of the lily pad,
He flapped his wings and he said, “I’m glad
I’m a little white duck sitting in the water,
quack, quack, quack.”

There’s a little green frog jumping in the water
A little green frog doing what he ought-er
He took a bite of the lily pad,
He flapped his wings and he said, “I’m glad
I’m a little green frog jumping in the water
glug, glug, glug

There’s a little black bug floating on the water,
A little black bug doing what he oughter.
He tickled the frog on the lily pad
That the little duck bit, and he said, I’m glad
I’m a little black bug floating on the water
Buzz, buzz, buzz”

There’s a little red snake playing in the water,
A little red snake doing what he oughter.
He frightened the ducK and frog so bad,
He ate the little bug, and he said, “I’m glad
I’m little red snake playing in the water
Hiss, hiss, hiss.”

Now there’s nobody left sitting in the water,
Nobody left doing what they oughter.
There’s nothing left but the lily pad,
The duck and the frog ran away—I’m sad
‘Cause there’s nobody left sitting in the water
Boo, hoo, hoo.

Six little ducks
Six little ducks
That I once knew
Fat ones, skinny ones,
Fair ones, too
But the one little duck
With the feather on his back
He led the others
With a quack, quack, quack
Quack, quack, quack,
Quack, quack, quack
He led the others
With a quack, quack, quack

Down to the river
They would go
Wibble, wobble, wibble, wobble,
To and fro
But the one little duck
With the feather on his back
He led the others
With a quack, quack, quack
Quack, quack, quack,
Quack, quack, quack
He led the others
With a quack, quack, quack

Back from the river
They would come
Wibble, wobble, wibble, wobble,
Ho, hum, hum
But the one little duck
With the feather on his back
He led the others
With a quack, quack, quack
Quack, quack, quack,
Quack, quack, quack
He led the others
With a quack, quack, quack


THE DUCK SONG
Waddle, Waddle, Quack, Quack
Waddle, Waddle, Quack, Quack
There’s never any water on a ducks back.

To look at a duck, there are some things you will see.
They have webbed feet, and a bill for a beak.
The boys are colorful – the girls are drab,
They fly to the south when the weather turns bad.

Waddle, Waddle, Quack, Quack
Waddle, Waddle, Quack, Quack
Waddle, Waddle, Quack, Quack
There’s never any water on a ducks back.

There’s birds who feed on the shallow ponds.
We call them dabbling ducks.
Their heads go down and their tails go up,
Eating roots and bugs in the marshy muck.

Waddle, Waddle, Quack, Quack
Waddle, Waddle, Quack, Quack
Waddle, Waddle, Quack, Quack
There’s never any water on a ducks back.

There’s the kind of birds we call diving ducks,
They dive for fish to eat.
They swim underwater with their wings and feet,
Then pop up with a fishy treat.


Mister Duck's Visit
Mister Duck went
To visit Mister Turkey,
And he walked with a
Wobble, wobble, wobble;
And he said, "Howdy-Doo,"
To Mister Turkey,
Mister Turkey said,
"Gobble, gobble, gobble";
Mister Duck then answered,
"Quack, quack, quack,"
And headed off
To find a snack;
Mister Turkey said,
"I'll go with you,"
And they looked
So very odd, those two;
Mister Duck was walking
Wobble, wobble, wobble;
Mister Turkey talking,
"Gobble, gobble, gobble."
Waddle, Waddle, Quack, Quack


Waddle, Waddle, Waddle
Waddle, waddle, waddle, waddle,
Quack, quack, quack,
Feathers on my tummy,
and feathers on my back.
I'm a DUCK
Quack, Quack, Quack
I'm a DUCK.


Bought Me A Cat
Bought me a cat and the cat pleased me,
I fed my cat under yonder tree.
Cat goes fiddle-i-fee.

Bought me a hen and the hen pleased me,
I fed my hen under yonder tree.
Hen goes chimmy-chuck, chimmy-chuck,
Cat goes fiddle-i-fee.

Bought me a duck and the duck pleased me,
I fed my duck under yonder tree.
Duck goes quack, quack,
Hen goes chimmy-chuck, chimmy-chuck,
Cat goes fiddle-i-fee.

Bought me a goose and the goose pleased me
I fed my goose under yonder tree.
Goose goes hissy, hissy,
Duck goes quack, quack,
Hen goes chimmy-chuck, chimmy-chuck,
Cat goes fiddle-i-fee.

Bought me a sheep and the sheep pleased me,
I fed my sheep under yonder tree.
Sheep goes baa, baa,
Goose goes hissy, hissy,
Duck goes quack, quack,
Hen goes chimmy-chuck, chimmy-chuck,
Cat goes fiddle-i-fee.

Bought me a pig and the pig pleased me,
I fed my pig under yonder tree.
Pig goes oink, oink,
Sheep goes baa, baa,
Goose goes hissy, hissy,
Duck goes quack, quack,
Hen goes chimmy-chuck, chimmy-chuck,
Cat goes fiddle-i-fee.

Bought me a cow and the cow pleased me,
I fed my cow under yonder tree.
Cow goes moo, moo,
Pig goes oink, oink,
Sheep goes baa, baa,
Goose goes hissy, hissy,
Duck goes quack, quack,
Hen goes chimmy-chuck, chimmy-chuck,
Cat goes fiddle-i-fee.

Bought me a horse and the horse pleased me,
I fed my horse under yonder tree.
Horse goes neigh, neigh,
Cow goes moo, moo,
Pig goes oink, oink,
Sheep goes baa, baa,
Goose goes hissy, hissy,
Duck goes quack, quack,
Hen goes chimmy-chuck, chimmy-chuck,
Cat goes fiddle-i-fee.

Bought me a dog and the dog pleased me,
I fed my dog under yonder tree.
Dog goes bow-wow, bow-wow,
Horse goes neigh, neigh,
Cow goes moo, moo,
Pig goes oink, oink,
Sheep goes baa, baa,
Goose goes hissy, hissy,
Duck goes quack, quack,
Hen goes chimmy-chuck, chimmy-chuck,
Cat goes fiddle-i-fee.



Riddles

There are 2 ducks in front of 2 other ducks.
There are 2 ducks behind 2 other ducks.
There are 2 ducks beside 2 other ducks.
How many ducks are there?
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