Craft an adorable floating duckling out of an egg carton and a baby food jar lid! It couldn't be easier and is perfect for pretend play, sensory bins or small worlds!
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Craft an adorable floating duckling out of an egg carton and a baby food jar lid! It couldn't be easier and is perfect for pretend play, sensory bins or small worlds!
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Spring’s arrival brings a flood of blossoms & sprouts, new sounds & fresh smells – it seems there is new life to be found everywhere! Our neighborhood is home to a pair of wild ducks, and this year they surprised us all with 3 adorable little ducklings. They’ve been tottering unsteadily through the dewy backyard every morning – getting used to their wobbly legs, tiny webbed feet and round little bodies.

Craft an adorable floating duckling out of an egg carton and a baby food jar lid! It couldn't be easier and is perfect for pretend play, sensory bins or small worlds!
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In honor of our new ducklings, we decided to craft up our own little set for pretend play and read-along props. With Easter coming, I have egg cartons EVERYWHERE, so we painted them yellow, added a feather, popped each of them into a jar lid and made a set of tiny floating ducklings!

One of the things I love about this recycled spring craft is that there are so many wonderful teaching opportunities and easy ways to put it to use. Read on to learn how you can add these ducklings to a simple sensory or reading activity.  Can you even stand the cuteness??

To make your own Floating Egg Carton Ducklings You’ll Need: 

BASIC SUPPLIES:

  • An egg carton cup
  • Yellow paint and a paintbrush
  • A baby food jar lid
  • A feather
  • A very small piece of orange card stock or craft foam
  • Craft glue or a hot glue gun
  • An X-Acto knife or small pair of craft scissors
  • A permanent marker, black paper or googley eyes

OPTIONAL SUPPLIES:

  • A baking dish filled with water is a simple way to create a “pond”
  • Glass beads, collected rocks, flora and fauna can help bring your pond to life
  • We recycled some old craft foam to create floating lily pads for our pond

Egg Carton Cup Floating Duckling Instructions:

  1. Cut an egg carton cup

    Cut an egg cup from an egg carton (the middle cups worked best for us)

     

    Craft an adorable floating duckling out of an egg carton and a baby food jar lid! It couldn't be easier and is perfect for pretend play, sensory bins or small worlds!
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  2. Paint

    Use acrylic or tempera paints to yellow (or whichever color you prefer your duckling)!

    Craft an adorable floating duckling out of an egg carton and a baby food jar lid! It couldn't be easier and is perfect for pretend play, sensory bins or small worlds!
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  3. Add a small beak

    Cut a small beak shape out of your craft foam or cardstock.

    Once your egg carton has dried, cut a small upside-down u-shape into the “front” of your duckling cup. It will look like a little frown, but you will push your orange craft foam piece into the “u” and ta-da! It becomes the perfect beak!

    Craft an adorable floating duckling out of an egg carton and a baby food jar lid! It couldn't be easier and is perfect for pretend play, sensory bins or small worlds!
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  4. Glue a feather to the back of your duckling

    Use a hot glue gun or craft glue to add a small feather to the back of your duckling – we added a tiny little feather on the top of it’s head too!

  5. Pop duckling into a baby food jar lid

    Gently pop your egg carton duckling into a baby food jar lid – now it will float!

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    Craft an adorable floating duckling out of an egg carton and a baby food jar lid! It couldn't be easier and is perfect for pretend play, sensory bins or small worlds!
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We used our floating ducklings for a simple spring pond-themed sensory activity. They were so perfect, and now I don’t have a million plastic ducks sitting around I’ll never use again.

Craft an adorable floating duckling out of an egg carton and a baby food jar lid! It couldn't be easier and is perfect for pretend play, sensory bins or small worlds!
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You don’t need a fancy sensory bin for this – I used a clear glass baking dish filled with water (with a blue piece of paper under the dish for a pop of color). Put some stones, pebbles or water beads in the bottom and fill with water. Add plant trimmings, lily pads (we cut ours out of foam sheets and added paper flowers) – whatever you like!

Craft an adorable floating duckling out of an egg carton and a baby food jar lid! It couldn't be easier and is perfect for pretend play, sensory bins or small worlds!
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We’re also going to pair our sweet little guys with Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey – it’s one of my springtime favorites and an absolute classic. These make the cutest little props your kids can use to act out the story as you read.

Craft an adorable floating duckling out of an egg carton and a baby food jar lid! It couldn't be easier and is perfect for pretend play, sensory bins or small worlds!
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If you’re loving these little ducklings, you should definitely see how we made a couple of small changes and turned an egg carton cup into a floating baby whale! Or try making an egg cup carton turtle for a few easy playdough play invitations!

Craft an adorable floating duckling out of an egg carton and a baby food jar lid! It couldn't be easier and is perfect for pretend play, sensory bins or small worlds!
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Craft an adorable floating duckling out of an egg carton and a baby food jar lid! It couldn't be easier and is perfect for pretend play, sensory bins or small worlds!
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Craft an adorable floating duckling out of an egg carton and a baby food jar lid! It couldn't be easier and is perfect for pretend play, sensory bins or small worlds!
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About Amanda Eldridge

With a passion for cultivating imagination, Amanda aims to help families discover their creative potential and be inspired to make the world a better place through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy, and community. When not playing with ideas, designs and projects for barley & birch, Amanda enjoys working as a modern art curator and managing her own small design business.

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