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A Cutting Project of a Duck for the Farm Unit


A Fun Art Project for the Farm Unit
A Cutting Project of a Duck for the Farm Unit

A cutting project to develop fine motor skills


Simple art projects from a pattern/template are great for students with disabilities. It provides them with a product that they can be proud of and it gives them practice in fine motor skills: tracing, coloring, cutting and following directions. This duck project supports the vocabulary and content you are teaching as part of the early intervention/primary self contained unit on the farm.

Using Templates

There are some compelling reasons to use a card stock template instead of printing directly on the paper. When the student places the template on their construction paper, they hold it in place with their non-writing hand. It requires that they cross their right hand over their left, or vice versa, to finish tracing the shape. This supports vestibular motor control, a gross motor skill, which is delayed or a challenged in many students with disabilities. It also adds an addition step to the project, which builds skills in following directions.


  • White construction paper
  • The free printable pattern, either to copy on the construction paper, or copied on card stock and cut out as templates.
  • Scissors
  • Glue or a glue stick.
  • Crayons


  1. Either run the free printable on card stock, and cut them out as templates, or on white construction paper that your students can color and cut directly.
  2. Create a model for your students to look at as they make their own ducks.
  3. Have students color and cut their pieces, or create a hybrid, cutting the beak and feet tracing a card stock template.
  4. Have students trace right and left hands for the wings, and cut them out.
  5. Have students assemble their duck, using the model as their pattern.
  6. Options: You may want to substitute googlie eyes for the eyes that are included on the free printable template. You may either mount the ducks on paper, include them on a farm bulletin board, or hand them from the ceiling.

The free printable farm duck template.

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