I have never met a Spanish student of any age that isn't touched by this amazing story.
In 2015, a toucan lost its beak in a terrible accident. It was taken to an animal rescue center and shortly thereafter, money was donated by locals inspired by this sad event. A toucan cannot live without its beak. It uses its colorful beak to eat, to fly, to regulate its body temperature, and the bright colors of its beak are used to attract a mate. With the money donated, Grecia’s caretakers were able to have a prosthetic beak developed using a 3D printer! Grecia the toucan is now living with her caretakers at “Zoo Ave Animal Rescue Center,” (“Zoo Ave” meaning bird zoo), outside of San Jose, Costa Rica, where Grecia is recuperating well.
Make Your Own “Grecia el Tucán"
This activity should take approximately one hour of classroom time. For this activity you will need:
- “El Tucán Grecia” template printed on white card stock, one per student.
- Colored construction paper, one piece per student.
- Crayons, colored pencils, or markers.
- Scissors and glue.
!. First, have students take their time coloring all the parts of the toucan, (beak, wings, feet, body and tail feathers).
2. Second, carefully cut out the individual parts to the toucan.
3. Third, paste the toucan parts together on to a piece of construction paper. Have students decorate the background in whatever manner they’d like.
Included with this resource are:
- The story of Grecia.
- YouTube links to the story of Grecia.
- Grecia template and detailed instructions.
- Photo of completed activity.