Make Way for Ducklings activity

I was trying to come up with a great Make Way for Ducklings* activity for our homeschool geography group. “Make Way for Ducklings” is the ‘Official State Picture book’ of Massachusetts, thanks to a third grade class lobbying for its inclusion.  I was really struggling with what to do that was age appropriate for little kids and older kids.  Then I found this Make Way for Ducklings map idea.

Make Way for Ducklings map activity

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I don’t have a lot of pictures of this activity because they did it while I was reading the story.  Okay, I have one, taken afterwards.  I went to this page and printed off one of their map pages.  As I named the places in the story they found it and drew how they got there.  Unfortunately that page has been taken down, so here is a link to a Wikipedia map you can print out.  (it’s not as good, but it will work).


This was a great activity because it was a struggle for my kids to figure it out the directions, and a great review for the older kids of cardinal directions.  My kids really loved it!



Here’s some additional Make Way for Ducklings activity links I found:

Homeschool Share unit on Make Way for Ducklings

Make Way for Ducklings Five in a Row unit

Make Way for Ducklings Five in a Row unit


Check out the rest of our Massachusetts State Study


9 responses to “Make Way for Ducklings activity”

  1. An Almost Unschooling Mom Avatar
    An Almost Unschooling Mom

    A state book? What a great idea!

  2. Ticia Avatar

    I know! They also have a state children's author, who you'll hear more about Monday (probably).

  3. This is an awesome idea. We have this book, so I might try it out.

  4. Debbie Avatar

    I love this idea! Now this would be something that I know Selena would love.

  5. Phyllis Avatar

    This is a wonderful post. I love the map idea and the lapbooks look great. I love the official state categories…state book!

  6. MaryAnne Avatar

    What a cool unit! The Make Way for Ducklings statue in the Boston Commons is one of my favorite local landmarks =)

  7. Kimberly Avatar

    Ki likes maps.

    oh, and Texas is the BIRTHPLACE of Amtgard! there are tons of amtgard parks there, google it!!

  8. Christy Avatar

    We always take pictures with the statues when we are in Boston. Also, every year on Mother's Day weekend there is a Make Way for Ducklings parade following the route from the book. Lots of little kids dress up as ducklings – it's super cute.

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