In the children's story, the other ducks think the baby swan is an ugly duckling, but our lovely cygnet poster shows just how beautiful cygnets really are!
Swans are beautiful creatures - and interesting, too. Learn a little about them and enjoy our printable activities with the kids.
Swans are a large water bird, from the same family of birds as ducks and geese. They are often associated with beauty and grace, although they also have quite a temper, particularly if someone is threatening their nest!
They are one of the largest flying birds, and their wingspan can be almost 3 meters.
Baby swans are called cygnets, and don't look like their parents at all! They have short necks and dull grey feathers, and inspired Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale "The Ugly Duckling", where an ugly cygnet grows into a beautiful, graceful swan.
Fun Fact: Most swans are white, but in Australia there is a type of black swan with a red beak.
Our Swan Activities
Use our swan acrostic poem printables to encourage the children to write their own poem! We have four versions to choose from.
Learn how to form the letters of the word swan by finger tracing, or laminate and use a dry wipe pen.
Swans find a mate for life, and there is a pair of swans featured on this handwriting worksheet. Children can trace the word in a variety of ways and then try writing it themselves on the bottom line.
Trace the letters of the word "swan" on this lovely word tracing worksheet aimed at younger children...
Our swan fact-finding worksheet might be useful before a trip to a bird sanctuary or lake - can the children find out all the facts about these beautiful birds?
Use our swan writing page to record a trip to a lake or river to feed the swans, or maybe to research and write some facts about these fascinating birds.
Swans are a beautiful and majestic bird, and this pretty card features a whole family of them! Print out (for best results use the borderless settings on your printer), fold then give to someone special...
This beautiful colouring card features a scene with a lovely family of swans - the babies are very cute indeed! We think anyone would be delighted to receive it!
Here's a colouring page featuring a lovely family of swans with their two cute cygnets. Perfect for bird or wildlife topic work, or just for fun!
This lovely poster featuring a happy family of swans will brighten up any bird or farmyard themed display.