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5 Little Ducks

Five Little Ducks is a traditional children's song. The rhyme also has an associated finger play. Canadian children's folk singer Raffi released it as a single from the Rise and Shine album. Denise Fleming's 2016 picture book 5 Little Ducks tells a reimagined version of the song.


Five little ducks went out one day,

Over the hills 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 hills 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 hills 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 hills and far away,

Mother duck said, "Quack, quack, quack, quack,"

But only one little duck came back.

 

One little duck went out one day,

Over the hills and far away,

Mother duck said, "Quack, quack, quack, quack,"

But no little ducks came back.

 

Sad mother duck went out one day,

Over the hills and far away,

Mother duck said, "Quack, quack, quack, quack,"

And all her five little ducks came back.

History of the Poem

"5 Little Ducks" one among traditional nursery rhymes essentially cherished by children for generations. While its accurate origins are unclear, the rhyme's are typical yet, its engaging narrative has made it a popular choice in early childhood education.

The rhyme not only entertains but also educates, helping young learners playfully develop basic counting skills. Through the repetitive structure and endearing storyline, children practice numerical sequencing while enjoying the adventures of the little ducks and their caring mother.

Over time, "5 Little Ducks" has become a staple in preschool classrooms and households throughout the world. Its catchy melody and interactive nature encourage children to participate, fostering their love for learning and enhancing their mathematical abilities.

The rhyme's enduring popularity highlights its universal appeal, bridging cultural and linguistic differences to bring joy and educational value to children everywhere. As little ones join in the cheerful quacks and counts along with the ducks, they embark on a delightful journey of numbers and imagination.

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