I'm a caregiver and an artist. I received high honors in creative writing, fine arts, and sculpture at Montserrat College of Art.
Craft an Animal out of a Letter
What a sweet duck kids will love to create out of the letter “D.” They will have fun creating and learning all at the same time. It teaches motor skills as well as the fourth letter of the alphabet. It also lets them be creative and discover the artist in themselves.
Materials and Supplies
The supplies you will need to make the duck craft are:
- Construction paper in yellow and orange
- Black marker (fine tip)
- Googly eye
Step 1: Draw and Cut Out the letter “D”
On yellow construction paper, draw out the letter “D” using a pencil. The left side of the paper will be the back of the “D.” At the two right corners, both top and bottom, draw a slightly curved line. It will make a triangular shape at the corners. Draw the inside of the letter as you would regularly but with a slightly flatter right side. Now draw the wing on the inside left part of the “D.” There should be four points, one slightly bigger than the other as it goes down.
Erase the line that runs down through the wing.
Outline the pencil with a black marker so the drawing can be seen easily.
Cut along the black lines with scissors. Follow the two curves along the outer part of the “D.”
When cutting the center of the “D,” pinch the area with your thumb and pointer fingers. Make a small snip in the paper where you’re pinching. Insert the scissors into the slit and cut to the black line. This will create the appearance of the duck’s wing.
Here is the finished letter “D” ready to become a duck. Let’s move on to step 2!
Step 2: Create the Duck’s Head
To make the duck’s head, use another piece of yellow construction paper. Place the paper underneath the letter “D.” Make sure to have enough underneath to leave a tab for gluing the head to the letter. With a pencil, draw the head into the shape of a candy cane top. Trace the head with the black marker for easy viewing.
Cut out the ducks head following the black line. Make sure to leave the portion that was behind the letter so that there is a tab for gluing. I like to draw a line to show where the head will be placed on the letter “D.”
Your duck now has a head. No duck head is complete without its duckbill. Let’s move on to step 3.
Step 3: Creating the Duck Bill
Using an orange piece of construction paper, place the paper underneath the head of the duck about halfway. Use a pencil so any mistakes can easily be erased. Draw the bill to size of the head and rounded it at the tip. Then draw a line just under the center from tip to head to create the mouth. I also trace around the head so I know where the duckbill will be placed. With the black marker, trace the pencil so the lines can easily be seen.
Cut along the lines draw for the duck’s bill. Make sure to not cut the line drawn for the mouth.
Step 4: Create the Tail
To create the tail use orange construction paper. Place the paper underneath the letter “D” at the straight left side. The bottom portion of the paper should line up with the letter. Using a pencil, draw the tail at the bottom of the letter. Swoop the tail upwards with two points to the feathers of the tail. Trace the pencil with the black marker.
Cut the tail out with scissors following the black line. Make sure you leave the tab behind the “D” for gluing.
Step 5: Create the Feet
No duck can waddle around without his webbed feet. To create the feet, use a piece of orange construction paper. Slide the paper underneath the right side of the letter “D.” Make sure you leave enough paper under the letter for a tab for gluing. The bottom portion of the paper should line up with the letter. Use a pencil to draw the first foot. Draw the foot with three toes, the middle one slightly longer than the other two.
Cut along the lines being sure to leave the tab for gluing.
Now place the orange construction paper underneath the letter and draw the second foot with a pencil. The second foot is drawn the same as the first foot. Trace the foot with the black marker.
Note: The second foot may be created by tracing the first foot created.
Cut out the second foot, again being careful to leave a tab behind the foot for gluing to the letter “D.”
Step 6: Assemble and Glue
Now that all the parts for your quaking duck are ready its time to put them together.
Using a googly eye, glue it to the front of the head.
Note Before Gluing: If creating more than one duck for a group, use the pieces you created as templates to create multiple pieces. Simply trace each piece and cut them out. Another trick is to stack a few pieces of paper together and cut more than one out at a time. This will save a lot of time.
I hope you had a quacking good time creating “D” for Duck!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2019 Jason Nicolosi
Jason Nicolosi (author) from AZ on March 17, 2020:
Thanks, RoadMonkey I appreciate the comment. I work with special needs children, and I can tell you that they love these crafts.
Also, I agree these types of craft can certainly come in handy with all these school closures.
RoadMonkey on March 17, 2020:
What great ideas for learning the alphabet. These crafts will be much in demand if schools close down.
Jason Nicolosi (author) from AZ on March 15, 2020:
Hi, Lora great to have your thoughtful comments. It's very much appreciated as always.
The kids I work with absolutely loved this duck. These crafts really get the kids excited and motivated. It's fun for them and me.
Lora Hollings on March 15, 2020:
Great project for kids to learn their letters. I love the duck you created to help children learn the letter "d." Very cute! Excellent job at writing instructions out as well.
Jason Nicolosi (author) from AZ on March 15, 2020:
Thank you very much DreamerMeg. I appreciate the comment! I agree children love these crafts. In fact, I work with medically fragile children who absolutely adore these crafts. The craft definitely helps the kids better understand, and learn the English Alphabet.
DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on March 15, 2020:
This is another in a great series of crafts for young people that get them to learn the letters of the alphabet.
Jason Nicolosi (author) from AZ on November 24, 2019:
Thanks Lorna. I really love watching the children I work with faces light up when they see the final result of the craft. Also knowing that they are learning from it is even more exciting.
Lorna Lamon on November 24, 2019:
Creativity is a great way for kids to retain information. Another wonderful letter - very cute.