We love rubber ducks in our house. We’ve had many over the years but we don’t seem to have any at the moment so when I saw some in a cheap shop I knew I had to buy them. F also loves counting and proudly shows her counting ability (to 10 confidently and then things get interesting after 13) whenever she can.
Over the past few weeks I’ve got out the base ten apparatus and also multilink cubes and after counting we’ve looked at the digits that represent the numbers. F is now learning that, for example, in the number 13, the 1 is 1 set of ten and the 3 shows us there are 3 ones (or units) left over.
To combine the counting and ducks would be very fun for her.
I bought some cup hooks and got a permanent black pen from the pen pot on the shelf.
I screwed the cup hook into the duck’s head.
But we had a bit of a problem as the duck sank with the weight of the hook.
I tried to position the hook in a different place to see if that would help.
But no, it still sank!
I then bought some smaller hooks to reduce the weight.
I screwed it into the duck’s head…
Yes!! It floated!
F wanted to have a go at putting the hooks in the rubber ducks but she did find it very hard.
Once the ducks had their hooks F thought it was a good time to have a play.
She loved hooking them together and lining them up with their beaks facing each other.
Here are the finished rubber ducks.
Hubbie made fishing rod from a length of wood and one of the too large hooks. At first I thought it should be a traditional fishing rod with a length of string with a hook on the end but when I saw F struggle to coordinate both cup hooks he’d made the right decision. We can always add a length of string when she gets better.
F spent a lot of the afternoon playing with the rubber ducks which, knowing her, isn’t really surprising!
At bedtime F was very excited to put the ducks into her bath. The bathroom light didn’t want to work (I’m assuming the bulb has blown) so Hubbie bought up a lighted candle which was the most wonderful thing in the world. T wanted to come in for a bath too so they put all the rubber ducks in and jumped in the tub.
F was excited that 14 is big brother O’s (age) number and she wanted to show me that she could use the teen numbers by counting to 20. I think she’ll have it cracked in a couple of weeks.