Five Little Ducks is a popular counting rhyme that has been around for many years. No one knows the original author or the creation date but it has been reproduced many times and translated into several languages around the world. In some versions, the ducks are replaced by other animals such as calves, elephants, or chicks.
Songs with actions are always enjoyed by children and this rhyme includes fingerplay alongside the counting. And quacking like a duck is great fun too! The majority of the rhyme is repeated as you work your way from five ducks to none, giving children an opportunity to learn the rhyme by heart and repeat it back.
The lyrics tell the sad tale of the little ducks disappearing one by one but waiting for the surprise twist at the end when the ducks are all happily reunited with their mother and continue with their day together.
Five Little Ducks Lyrics
Five Little Ducks went out one day, over the hills and far away.
Mother Duck said, “Quack, Quack, Quack, Quack,” but only four little ducks came back.
Four little ducks went out one day, over the hills and far away
Mother Duck said, “Quack, Quack, Quack, Quack,” but only three little ducks came back.
(Repeat counting down to “but no little ducks came back.”)
Sad mother duck went out one day, over the hills and far away
Mother Duck said, “Quack, Quack, Quack, Quack,” and five little ducks came back.