“Ducks Like Rain” by Raffi
from the CD “Rise And Shine”
available on iTunes
It’s April, and lots of us are talking about (and experiencing!) rain with our preschoolers and kindergarteners. Another popular unit for this time of year is ducks. Here’s a fun song that brings both these topics together!
This simple, short song is perfect for children from toddlers through six. Verses about ducks liking rain (they like to widdle-waddle in it and so on) are interspersed with a repeated chorus of quacking. Seriously, for the chorus the only word your students need to remember is “quack.”
Of course, it’s possible to sing this song while the group sits in a circle, maybe flapping pretend wings. But it’s more fun, if you have room, to let the children waddle all over the room to the rhythm of the song. You might even have them take turns being the mama or papa duck, whom the others can follow in a line, just like little ducks do. Then you add the locomotor element and allow the children to work off a little steam, especially if they’re stuck inside on a real rainy day!