The Duckling Gets a Cookie Math Games

This month’s featured author for the Virtual Book Club for Kids is Mo Willems. We are a huge fan of Mo Willems’ books around here. They are the perfect read alouds since kids and adults will both enjoy them. Today we’re spotlighting The Duckling Gets a Cookie with some cookie math games. Affiliate links are included in this post. Thanks for supporting Inspiration Laboratories.

Cookie Math Games Inspired by The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems - part of the Virtual Book Club for Kids

The Duckling Gets a Cookie by Mo Willems

The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? is just one of several great books about Pigeon. You may remember him from the original book in the series, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Pigeon is known for asking for things (to drive the bus, to stay up late, to have a hot dog, to get a puppy, etc.). He usually doesn’t get what he wants. In this story, the duckling gets a cookie just by asking politely! Pigeon is not very happy. You’ll love the story for the funny Pigeon antics as well as it’s message about sharing.

For Pigeon and duckling coloring pages, mazes, activity sheets, and more, head over to the Pigeon Presents website and download The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? Event Kit.

The Duckling Gets a Cookie Math Games

The cookies in the story made me think of some math games. These are easily adaptable to materials you have on hand. {If you don’t have felt, use fabric or paper.}

Cookie Counting


  • felt
  • lids/bowls for tracing circles
  • pen/marker
  • scissors
  • pom poms {Our pom poms were sent to us by}
  • dice

I created a counting game with felt cookies and pom pom toppings.  I traced lids to create the circles and then Aiden and I cut them out.

cookie math game

Roll the dice. What number is rolled? Place that number of pom poms onto a felt cookie. What kind of topping did you add to your cookie – chocolate chips, nuts, something else?

cookie math game

In addition to pom poms, Aiden wanted to use glow in the dark space stickers {also sent to us by}. He rolled the dice, counted the correct number of stickers and placed them onto a felt cookie. He said the duckling had space cookies.

space cookies

Aiden tried his hand at cutting out a felt cookie that didn’t have a circle drawn on it. He decided that this cookie had already been eaten {just like the cookie on the endpaper in the back of the book}.

space cookie

You could easily work on addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division by combining cookies.

Sticker Shape Cookies


  • shape cookies {Download the printable for your personal or classroom use. Download the pdf file or download the MS Word file to change the cookies to fit with your lesson.}
  • scissors
  • shape stickers {We collected ours from various places.}

I created cookies with shapes as toppings.

shape cookies printable

Aiden cut out the cookies. Then, he placed the shape stickers on the printed cookies.

shape sticker cookies

We talked about the shapes he used and counted how many of each shape were on each cookie. I love that we were able to combine fine motor skills, shapes, and counting practice with the activity.

More Mo Willems Inspired Ideas from the Virtual Book Club for Kids

Check out more ideas to go along with The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?

Nut Free Alphabet Cookies from Rainy Day Mum
Sticky Cookie Craft from The Pleasantest Thing
The Ducking Gets a Cookie Printable Clothespin Activity from Lalymom
Counting Chocolate Chips – Duckling Get a Cookie from 3 Dinosaurs

Check out these ideas to go along with Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Cardboard Box Bus Craft & Number Game for Kids from Toddler Approved
Letter B is for Bus Craft from Royal Baloo
Pigeon Rhyming Race Activity from Growing Book by Book
Pigeon Handprint from Mama Miss
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus: Puppets, Crafts and Storytelling from Playing with Words 365
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus Puppets from Playdough to Plato
Pigeon and Bus Activities inspired by Mo Willems  from The Educators’ Spin On It
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus Activity from Coffee Cups and Crayons

Check out these ideas to go along with Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale

Knuffle Bunny Activity Mats from ready-set-read
Mo Willems Inspired DIY Bunny Costume Felt Headband from The Educators’ Spin On It

Be sure to see our past featured Virtual Book Club authors here.

What’s your favorite book by Mo Willems?


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