Equip your youngster to quack like a real duck with a fun duck bill project.

How to Make a Duck Bill for Kids

by Kathryn Hatter

Little kids enjoy pretend play, suspending reality and getting lost in a fun world of wackiness. When your little one wants to quack with an authentic air, she’ll need a duck bill to complete her ensemble. With a little effort and imagination, you can whip together a duck bill for your youngster in no time. Fixed up with her duck bill, get ready for quacks galore -- and maybe even a little waddling and flapping, too.

1 Paint both sides of the card stock to cover it evenly. The painting process doesn't have to be perfect -- let your youngster have fun with it. Let the paint dry completely.

2 Measure and trace two equilateral triangles on the paper with the ruler and pencil, making them about 3 inches on each side. Cut out the triangles. Round one corner of each triangle so it looks a little more like a duck bill.

3 Punch a hole in the two unrounded corners of each triangle, making the holes at least 1/2 inch in from the corners.

4 Cut four lengths of stretchy beading string, each one about 8 inches long. Tie one string in each hole of the triangles.

5 Position one triangle above your little one’s upper lip and tie it around the upper part of her head, near the crown. Position the other triangle below your little one’s lower lip and tie it straight back around her head, level with her mouth.

Items you will need

  • 1 sheet card stock
  • Yellow poster paint
  • Paint brush
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Stretchy beading string

Tips

  • Encourage lots of energetic quacks from her once she has the duck bill in place. As long as you tied it snugly, it should move as she opens and closes her mouth.
  • You might encourage some waddling and wing flapping along with the quacking for even more fun! If your little one wears a yellow turtleneck and yellow sweatpants, she’ll really look the part of a duck.

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About the Author

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.

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