Start here if you missed any of our Across the USA in 31 Days series. Every day this month I will bring you a small sample of printables from my larger eBook, which will be released later this month. I hope you will join me this month as we travel from state to state across the USA.
When I was younger, I traveled to Arizona with my family – actually the same trip that took us through New Mexico. My mother was born in Arizona and we had family there at the time, so it was a fun trip. Unfortunately, I don’t remember much of it, except the cactus’ we would see on the side of the road. Thankfully, I have visited Arizona twice since then and do remember those trips. The cactus still amazes and fascinates me. Arizona was the last of the lower 48 to join the Union on Valentine’s Day, 1912.
Which leads us to today’s State Bird Coloring Pages for Arizona, the Cactus Wren. Arizona is known for its desert climate with very hot summers and mild winters, which is the perfect weather for the Cactus Wren. It was adopted as the state bird in 1931, 19 years after statehood. Standing anywhere from 7 to 9 inches tall, the Cactus Wren is the largest wren in the United States. Their nests resemble a football shape and size are found in cactus with a tunnel-like entrance. The bird is easy to spot with its white, brown and black-barred tail and wings, white eye stripe on a brown head, brown and black spotted belly and its slightly curved bill. They weigh just over one pound with a wingspan between 8 and 12 inches. Males and females do have distinctive differences in their appearance, but young birds have a duller one overall and the top of their heads appear darker. Read more about the cactus wren here while the kids color these pages. The coloring pages are available in print for the pre-writers, dotted manuscript for early writers and dotted cursive for upper elementary.
Resources for Geography
Here are some resources to use this month as we travel across the USA.
United States Geography Game – this is a FREE Download!!
Quiz: US States, Capitals & Flags Game – this is another FREE Download!!
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