Cranes

Learn just a little about these elegant birds and enjoy our activities with the kids!

Crane Activities for Kids

Did You Know?

  • A crane is a large bird with a long neck and legs that looks similar to a stork or heron, although it's not part of the same group of birds.
  • Cranes love to dance! Often this is part of a courtship ritual; however cranes of all ages can be seen dancing just for enjoyment! In a flock, once one crane starts a dance the others will all join in!

Fun Fact: Cranes are seen as a symbol of good fortune and happiness throughout Asia, particularly in Japan. Do you enjoy origami? An ancient Japanese legend says that if you fold a thousand origami cranes you will be granted a wish! We've got a wonderful (true) story about a little girl called Sadako Sasaki who tried to fold 1000 cranes. You can read it here.

Our Crane Activities

Complete The Crane Puzzle

Complete The Crane Puzzle

Can the kids complete the picture of a crane by copying the missing parts with reference to the picture on the right? It's a good way to practise drawing and concentration skills.

Crane Acrostic Poem Printable

Crane Acrostic Poem Printable

Use our acrostic poem printables to inspire some creative poetry writing! This one features the word "CRANE", and we have four variations available.

Crane Colouring Page

Crane Colouring Page

Here is a simple crane colouring page for you to print and colour.  It is believed a number of martial arts have moves inspired by the movements of these graceful birds.  

Crane Finger Tracing

Crane Finger Tracing

Begin to teach children how to write the word "crane" with this finger tracing worksheet, which shows the proper way to write the letters, starting on the dots. Why not laminate the worksheet and use with a dry wipe pen for some extra practice?

Crane Grid Copy

Crane Grid Copy

This grid copy is quite challenging  - can the kids use their concentration and pencil control skills to copy this picture of a crane from the left grid to the right?

Crane Handwriting Worksheet

Crane Handwriting Worksheet

Trace the letters of the word "crane" on this simple worksheet, which includes a colouring picture to encourage handwriting practice!

Crane Poster

Crane Poster

Here's a lovely poster of a crane to print out and use as part of topic work and displays. 

Crane Poster 2

Crane Poster 2

Cranes are an impressive bird with a huge wingspan, which you can see on this stunning poster of two cranes in flight. Print out and use as part of projects and displays. 

Crane Story Paper

Crane Story Paper

Kids can use this lovely crane story paper as inspiration for their own stories, then they can colour in the picture too. Choose from the download links below depending on which version you prefer. 

Crane Tracing Page

Crane Tracing Page

Follow the dotted lines on our crane tracing page to complete this cute picture.

Crane Word Tracing

Crane Word Tracing

These fun worksheets for early learners ask children to trace the name of the bird, then colour in the picture too. This worksheet features a crane.

Crane Worksheet

Crane Worksheet

Ask the kids to find out some facts about cranes and use their knowledge to fill out this fun worksheet. Available in colour and black and white.

Crane Writing Page

Crane Writing Page

Use our useful writing page - which comes in colour or black and white - to write down some facts about cranes, or maybe make up a story or poem.

Learn to Draw a Crane

Learn to Draw a Crane

Our learn to draw crane printable tutorial is a fun way to practice those pencil skills.

Origami Crane

Origami Crane

The crane is a traditional origami model which has been folded for hundreds of years. The crane stands for long life and good luck, and some people think that if you fold 1000 cranes you will be granted a wish!

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