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.
Learn just a little about these elegant birds and enjoy our activities with the 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
Use our acrostic poem printables to inspire some creative poetry writing! This one features the word "CRANE", and we have four variations available.
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.
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?
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?
Trace the letters of the word "crane" on this simple worksheet, which includes a colouring picture to encourage handwriting practice!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.