Rubber Duck Math Game to go with Ten Little Rubber Ducks

This month the Virtual Book Club for Kids is sharing activities to go along with books by Eric Carle. There are so many books to choose so there are sure to be some terrific activities shared. We were inspired to create this fun math game for preschoolers and kindergarteners.

Rubber Duck Math Game~Activity to go along with Ten Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle

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Before doing this activity we read 1o Little Rubber Ducks.  In the story ten ducks go overboard and find adventure out in the ocean. This concept set the stage perfectly for our math game.


10 Little Rubber Ducks


To set up the game I gathered one blue glitter foam sheet, a tan foam sheet, and ten small rubber duck party favors.  Because I wanted to keep the ducks contained during our activity I also used a large glass baking sheet. You could use any tray or container that will fit your foam sheets and ducks.

I trimmed the blue sheet a bit to make it look like the edge of the ocean. Then I set the tan sheet down into the glass baking sheet and placed the blue sheet on top so that they overlapped a bit.

Math Activity to go with Ten Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle

Math Game

In this game we are practicing combinations of numbers. You can set the game up with as few or as many ducks as you’d like. We used 10, so that we could practice identifying different ways to make ten.

Duck Math~Making 10

To play, the kids scooped up all of the ducks in their “boat” (We used our hands, but if you have a small toy boat you could definitely use that, too!).   Then they dropped them and yelled “OVERBOARD!”  Then they counted to see how many ducks landed on the shore (tan foam) and how many ducks landed in the ocean (blue foam).

Addition with Rubber Ducks

We repeated as many times as the kids wanted to and made observations along the way about the different combinations they were getting.

To extend the activity you could also have kids write out the combinations or tally how many times they got each combination during their game.

You can also modify the number of ducks used to play the game and explore different combinations.

Ten Little Rubber Ducks Book Activity~Rubber Duck Math

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  1. What a sweet little math game!

  2. Brilliant – we’re working on number bonds for 10 and this would be a perfect activity for this. I love the glitter foam I wonder if we can get it over here

  3. What a fun activity to go with the book.

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