Study the wonderful diversity of the bird world with a set of fifty watercolour bird flashcards and posters!
Birds are a wonderfully diverse group.
Let’s take flying, for instance. Peregrine falcons dive from the skies at a speed over 300 km/h (186 mph), which makes them not only the fastest bird, but the fastest animal on the planet. Penguins, on the other hand, cannot fly at all. Their wings have evolved into flippers, and they have become proficient swimmers. But if you take ostriches, they can neither fly nor swim. They’re very good runners though.
Children can learn all these – and many more – fun facts with our set of watercolour bird flashcards. There are fifty birds in the set! While this list is far from being exaustive, it offers a broad overview of bird diversity across the globe.
When making the cards, we initially intended to include an image of each bird with its common name, its Latin binomen, and its native range. This information is certainly useful, isn’t it? But it isn’t really as memorable as it could be, particularly considering how interesting they all turn out to be on closer inspection. So we included a fun fact about every bird, right there on the card.
For some birds, it is a fact about their general characteristics (ostriches are the biggest birds, and bee hummingbirds are the smallest); for others, it was about their unique set of skills (kingfishers are great at diving, and grey crowned cranes are famous for dancing). Sometimes, it was just a random fact (blue jays are closely related to crows and ravens, and, depending on who you ask, catbirds sound either like a cat or a vampire).
Children generally seem fond of comic book style (our children love science comic books, for instance!), so we let the birds speak for themselves, using a speech balloon format.
In addition to the cards, the bird flashcard set includes a pair of posters, featuring twenty three birds that all have something to say about themselves. The posters can be printed on 8.5×11″ standard paper, but can also be scaled up to 11×17″ posters.
And if you prefer cards and posters that just focus on identification, without the extra facts, we have included them as well.
But that’s still not all. There are posters with birds of specific continents – birds of North America, birds of Eurasia, and birds of Australia and Oceania.
We will eventually complete our collection of posters with Africa, South America and Antarctica, as we paint more birds. In the meantime, you can get these four bird posters for free as a sample for the whole bird flashcard set!
About the Set of Bird Flashcards
The bird flashcard set includes:
- fifty watercolour cards with a fun fact presented in an engaging speech balloon format
- fifty watercolour cards without a fun fact
- six posters
Six posters include:
- birds of the world
- birds of North America
- birds of Eurasia
- birds of Oceania (Australia, New Zealand, and other islands in the area)
- two fun facts posters featuring birds of the world accompanied by speech balloons
Or get a sample set of four posters for free here.
More Activities to Study Birds
Make pop-up egg cards, featuring real-life egg designs and the birds that lay them. Free egg templates available!
Male and female birds often look different. Match the pairs with this bird matching game!
Thanks for reading!