Parrots are intelligent birds that can make wonderful pets, but not every family is able to keep a talking bird in their household! So, in lieu of owning a parrot of your own, here is a colorful parrot-themed paper bookmark craft you can do with your children.
This bookmark project can help your kids keep track of their reading goals. And before beginning, you might have heard a little bird say a few things about parrots, but here are some fun facts about parrots that you might not know:
Fun Facts about Parrots
- There are about 350 known species of parrots in the world. Many of these species are native to tropical and subtropical zones of Central and South America, Africa, Asia, and even Australia.
- Some parrots live outside of tropical regions. Not all parrots live in the tropics. A species called the Kea Parrot can be found in the alpine zone of New Zealand.
- About one-third of parrots in the world are in danger of extinction. Both the loss of habitat and poaching have threatened many species of parrots.
- Parrots have zygodactyl toes. Most birds have four toes per foot. Parrots are the same, but rather than having three toes in front and on behind like most birds, they have two in front and two behind like owls do.
- Parrots are the only known animal that copy human speech. Parrots are known for their ability to speak, but one special parrot ended up in the 1995 Guinness Book of World Records for having a vocabulary of 1,728 words!
- Parrots can be very big, and some are very small. The Kakapo parrot, one of the largest parrot species, can weigh up to 7 pounds. On the other hand, the smallest known parrot, the Pygmy parrot, is only three to four inches long.
- Parrots can live a very long time! Some parrots can live to be over 100 years old. The Macaw is a well-known parrot species that can live 80 years or more.
Okay, let’s get started with the colorful parrot paper bookmark!
List of Supplies for Paper Bookmark:
- Colored craft papers (Thick is best)
- Pencil – to trace the template
- A pair of scissors
- Craft glue
- Parrot Bookmark Template (opens in a separate window)
Instructions for Parrot-Themed Paper Bookmark:
Select brightly colored craft papers for the paper bookmark. We’re using red, blue, yellow, and orange craft paper.
The template consists of the body base (including head), beak, eye base, legs, wing feathers, and tail feathers. Trace the template patterns on the selected craft paper and cut them out nicely using scissors.
Then use a Sharpie to fill the eye cutout.
Attach the medium-large wing feather (or layer) on top of the large wing layer with glue.
Glue the small wing layer on top of the medium one, near the top.
Glue the beak cutout to the front side of the head and glue the eye cutout on the head part.
Attach the tail feather cutouts near the bottom end of the parrot base pattern with glue.
Attach all three tail feathers one by one.
Attach the leg cutouts on the bottom side of the body with glue
Apply glue on the top tip of the wing pattern, on the underside.
Attach the wing pattern on the body base to complete the parrot paper bookmark. Allow the glue to dry completely before using your new paper bookmark in any books.
Depending on the time of year you do this fun paper bookmark craft, there are a variety of additional studies you can do with your homeschool on the theme of birds, such as a winter bird study, a backyard bird study, or even learn about a specific type of bird as with this penguin study.
Or put aside your regularly scheduled schoolwork and get outside to do a bird nature study.
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Books about Parrots
Do you have kids who can’t get enough information about parrots? Or do they want a fitting book to go with their newly designed parrot-themed paper bookmarks? If so, here are a few terrific books about parrots: