I don't often do the same projects at both Suffield and Brimfield because I like to do different things! This one was so successful, though, that I really did enjoy doing it with both schools' first graders. I love Eric Carle and have tried various lessons based on him over the years. I often find his process difficult for kids to do well, but this lesson went very smoothly.
We read 10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle and talked a lot about his process to create his collages. The kids started by collaging tissue paper with liquid starch onto cool colored pieces of construction paper for the water backgrounds.
I don't have any photos of the kids drawing their ducks, but I modeled the steps on my white board and they drew with me on the backs of their painted yellow/orange papers. They then cut the ducks out and used either oil pastels or colored Sharpies to give the ducks their features. In the future, I might stick with just the oil pastels. Some of the kids used them additionally on their backgrounds and the results were really nice.