Flora and the flamingo by Molly Idle
In this innovative wordless picture book with interactive flaps, Flora and her graceful flamingo friend explore the trials and joys of friendship through an elaborate synchronized dance. With a twist, a turn, and even a flop, these unlikely friends learn at last how to dance together in perfect harmony. Full of humor and heart, this stunning performance (and splashy ending!) will have readers clapping for more!
Source: Chronicle Books
Here are some fun facts about flamingos:
- Flamingos are wading birds that live in shallow lakes, lagoons, mangrove swamps and sandy islands all over the world.
- There are only 6 species of flamingo – the largest measures up to 1.5m and weighs up to 3.5kg, the smallest measures 90cm and weighs 2.5kg.
- Flamingo legs can be longer than their whole body; they often stand on one leg with the other leg tucked under its body to preserve body heat; the backward bend in their leg is actually their ankle – their knee is further up their leg usually hidden by their feathers.
- Flamingos can fly up to 56km/h and many migrate between food sources and nesting grounds.
- Flamingos are called filter-feeders, which means they hold their beak upside down in the water, scoop up the muddy water and filter out the food.
- The pink-reddish colour of the flamingo’s feathers comes from carotenoids (the pigment that makes carrots orange) in their food – plankton, shrimp and algae.
- Flamingos live in colonies of thousands up to millions, which helps to protect them from predators and makes feeding and breeding easier.
- Flamingo colonies split into groups of up to 50 for breeding. These groups perform a synchronised ritual dance, which involves standing together, stretching their necks upwards, calling out while waving their heads and flapping their wings.
- Flamingos only lay one egg per year; baby flamingos are fed with crop milk, a special liquid baby milk the adult flamingos make in their digestive tracts.
- The flamingo is the national bird of the Bahamas.
Here are some of our favourite flamingo crafts for kids!
Flamingo paper puppet dance recital from The TomKat Studio
DIY flamingo marionette from Handmade Charlotte
Cupcake liner flamingo from I heart crafty things
Feather painted flamingos from Tippy toe crafts
Easy paper plate flamingo craft from Make and takes
Hand print flamingo from Glued to my crafts
Hand print flamingo with clothespins from Grandparents.com
How to make a felt flamingo from Wildflower ramblings
Fun flamingo party crafts from Smart fun DIY
Craft stick flamingos from Glued to my crafts
Flamingo rock puzzle from hello, Wonderful
What is your kids’ favourite flamingo craft?
We would love to see their creations – just post to Facebook or Instagram with #littlegreencrafters. 🙂