Stories & Crafts: David Shannon 1

Welcome to our digital Stories & Crafts for preschoolers. Today Theresa shares a zany story by author/illustrator David Shannon about a duck that rides a bicycle. Then you can make your own bike-riding duck!

Make a Handprint Duck on a Bike

Handprint duck on a bike craft

More examples of this craft


  • sheet of yellow paper
  • two sheets of white paper
  • white paint
  • paint brush or sponge
  • black marker, orange marker
  • scissors
  • glue
  • one or two googly eyes


  1. Help your child make a white handprint on the yellow paper. First laying their hand in paint or paint their hand. I painted my daughter’s left hand so that the duck would be facing to the right, as Duck is on the cover of the book.
  2. Cover the thumb area with a white circle of paint to make the head. You can stamp the paint on by making a print of your child’s fist. We just used a paint sponge to paint on the circle.
  3. Does your duck want a bicycle to ride? Draw or print one while the paint is drying. Confident drawers can just go for it on a piece of white paper. I used directed drawing to guide my child. We each had our own piece of paper and marker. I broke the process into simple steps and described what I was doing in words. “Draw two circles near the bottom of the page to be the wheels. From the center of each circle draw a line up and toward the center of the paper. Draw a line straight across that connects the top of those two lines…” This is a great opportunity to talk about shapes and lines and practice directional language.                                                                                                               

If drawing a bicycle is too frustrating or not developmentally appropriate for your child, you can print out this bicycle.

  1. Once the paint is dry, use an orange marker to add a beak, legs and webbed feet to the duck.                                               
  2. Glue on one or two googly eyes, depending on how the duck is facing. Of course, you can draw on eyes if you don’t have googly ones.
  3. Cut around the duck and the bike so that the duck can be placed on the bike. Many preschoolers can do this themselves with supervision and guidance. You can tape or glue the two pieces together or keep them separate. Encourage your child to use the duck to reenact the story.

Things to Talk About

Do you think a duck could really ride a bike?

Why or why not?

What do you like about riding your bike (or tricycle)?

More Fun

Bicycle song by The Laurie Berkner Band

I Like to Ride My Bicycle song

Transportation coloring pages that include a bike

Meet David Shannon

Here is a list of David Shannon books and videos, many of which are available digitally.

View complete list

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This is Week 7 of Stories & Crafts. Take a look at previous Stories & Crafts.

Debbie Reiff

Debbie is a youth services specialist on the Early Childhood team. Look for her on the Learn & Play Bus or hanging out with Baby Bookworms. Along with a passion for reading, Debbie enjoys puzzles, attending local dance and theater productions, gardening, and portrait photography.