One Duck Stuck: Helping Others Social Skills Activities

One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root is a fun book to add to your duck theme lessons.  It is repetitive which captures the children’s attention.  In addition, it offers several opportunities to incorporate parts of the story into your daily curriculum. This entry focuses on 3 activities you can use to practice the social skill of helping someone in need.

What you need:
Book: One Duck Stuck
Duck Stick Mask
One Duck Stuck Animals headbands or masks

Who Can Help? Dramatic Play with Animal Masks

Preschool Activities: 

The first activity requires you to make animal headbands or masks for the children. You need one duck and a variety of other animals from the story.  The masks can represent each animal from the book One Duck Stuck or you can create a variation of the story's scenario using farm animals, pond animals, or pets. Make sure that each child has an animal and there is at least one of each type.

 “Help! Help! Who can help?” Activity

Choose one child to be the duck and hand them a duck stick mask.

Preschool Activities: 

Have the children form a circle around the duck. The duck then pretends to be stuck in the muck and calls out, “Help! Help! Who can help?” 

Preschool Activities: 

If you are using masks that represent the animals in the book One Duck Stuck, have a copy handy to help the children recall which animals helped first, second, third, and so on. If you are using other animals, have children choose an order before the game begins.

Free Duck Stick Mask Printables:

To make the duck stick mask, print the duck mask printable on to heavy printing paper. Let children color and cut out the duck mask. Cut out the eyes and glue mask to the top portion of a jumbo craft stick.


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One Duck Stuck Animal Headbands (KidsSoup members only)

Feather Freeze Tag Game

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The second activity is a play on the familiar game of freeze tag where child who are tagged remain frozen until a teammate comes to unfreeze them.  In this version, all of the children are on the same team.  They each have a feather to balance on their hands.  Designate an area for the game play and have the children move through the space while trying to balance their feathers.  If a feather falls off of a child's hand he/she becomes frozen and calls out, “Help! Help! Who can help?” until another child picks up and returns the feather to his/her hand.  Using multi-colored colored feathers helps children track their feathers as they fall.  It also helps them direct their friends searching for fallen feathers.

Getting Unstuck Class Book

Preschool Activities: 

The third activity is most effective in small groups. Ask each child to recall a time that they were stuck or helped someone who was stuck.  Record their stories and have children illustrate them.  Compile all of the illustrated stories into a class book.

Submitted by KidsSoup member Beth Steward.


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