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BLAST Early Learning
Feathers and Fins


Ducks don't get wetDucks Don’t Get Wet by Augusta Goldin

Describes the behavior of different kinds of ducks and, in particular, discusses how all ducks use preening to keep their feathers dry.


Mr SeahorseMister Seahorse by Eric Carle

After Mrs. Seahorse lays her eggs on Mr. Seahorse’s belly, he drifts through the water, greeting other fish fathers who are taking care of their eggs.


YuckYuck! by Mick Manning

With funny and rhythmic text perfect for reading aloud, this fun "gross-out" information book for young children is about animal babies and the foods they like to eat.




Five Little Fishies

Five little fishies, swimming in a pool
(Wiggle five fingers)
The first one said, "The pool is cool."
(One finger, then wrap arms around body)
The second one said, "The pool is deep."
(Two fingers, then hands measure ‘deep’)
The third one said, "I want to sleep."
(Three fingers, then rest head on hands)
The fourth one said, "Let’s take a dip."
(Four fingers, then hands ‘dive’ into water)
The fifth one said, "I spy a ship."
(Five fingers, form scoop with hands)
Fisher boat comes,
(Form ’V’ with fingers, then move hands away from body)
Line goes kersplash
(Pretend to throw fishing line)
Away the five little fishies dash.
(Wiggle five fingers away)



Found a Feather

by Jean Warren

Song: "Oh, My Darling Clementine"
Found a feather, found a feather,
Found a feather on the ground.
Oh, I am so very lucky
A feather to have found.
Picked it up, picked it up,
Picked it up just like that.
Picked it up that pretty feather
Then I put it in my hat.
Found a feather, found a feather,
Found a feather on the ground.
Oh, I am so very lucky
A feather to have found.


Vocabulary Word:

Ramble v. to walk for pleasure

Example: "Turtle was off on a ramble." by Denise Fleming



Feathers or Fur?

Explain to children that birds have feathers on the outsides of their bodies while other animals have fur. Cut out magazine pictures of birds and other animals. Hold up the pictures, one at a time, and ask the children to tell you if feathers or fur cover the animal. What do the animals covered with feathers have in common?

My Aquarium

Provide a fish pattern for the children to trace onto laminating film and cut out. Add details with permanent markers. Place the fish into resealable plastic bags with 1/3 cup of blue hair gel.

Feather Dusting

Have the children sit in a circle. In the middle of the circle, place a chair and a feather duster. Have the children take turns using the duster to follow directions you give them, such as "Dust under the chair; Dust behind the chair; Dust the back of the chair; Dust the legs of the chair." Then have the children watch as you dust, and ask them to name the places you are dusting.

Fish Scale Pick-Up

Use buttons as fish scales. Invite the children to use tweezers to pick up the scales. How many can a child pick up before a one-minute timer goes off.

Colored Feather Game

Cut feather shapes out of selected colors of construction paper and place them in a paper bag. Have the children sit in a circle. Let one child at a time reach into the bag and take out a feather. Explain that in order to keep the feather, the child must name something that matches the color of the feather (ex. Red=Apple). Continue the game as long as desired, making sure that everyone ends up with the same number of feathers.

Deep Sea Diving

Provide flippers, goggles and air tanks (2-liter soda bottles) for pretend scuba diving.

Big, Bigger, Biggest

Provide felt fish in several sizes. Invite the children to arrange them on the flannel board from smallest to largest.



Hooray for FishHooray For Fish by Lucy Cousins

Little fish has all sorts of fishy friends in his underwater home, but loves one of them most of all.


Duckies ducklingsDuckie’s Ducklings by Frances Barry

Duckie is ready to take the family for a swim. But where are her ducklings? Turn the shaped pages to find out!


Frog in the BogA Frog In The Bog by Karma Wilson

A frog in the bog grows larger and larger as he eats more and more bugs, until he attracts the attention of an alligator who puts an end to his eating.

Beautiful BlackbirdBeautiful Blackbird by Ashley Bryan

In a story of the Ila people, the colorful birds of Africa ask Blackbird, whom they think is the most beautiful of birds, to decorate them with some of this "Blackening Brew".


10 Little Rubber Ducks10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle

When a storm strikes a cargo ship, ten rubber ducks are tossed overboard and swept off in ten different directions.



Not NormanNot Norman: A Gold Fish Story by Kelly Bennett

As a boy attempts to convince someone else to take his disappointing pet, he learns to love Norman the goldfish for himself.


Rainbow FishRainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

The most beautiful fish in the entire ocean discovers the real value of personal beauty and friendship.