Australia is a country and continent surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans. It comprises the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands. It is the largest country in Oceania and the world’s sixth-largest country by total area. I have strong family ties to Sydney, with my grandmother and great-grandparents living in Sydney, Australia for many years. About six years ago, my husband and I were able to visit Sydney for a week, and fell in love with the country. I hope someday to bring my little ladies to see such an amazing place.
I love to see what other parents and caregivers do for their little ones; post on Instagram under #travelingthroughlearning and follow my feed, and I will feature my favorite activities at the end of the month. You can also share what you have done on this blog or PM me with Australia-themed activities that you have done/and or blogged about and I’ll include links to them in this post once the unit is complete.
- Placemat & Flag of Australia – This full color printable shows some interesting stats of the country as well as some pictures of major landmarks. I like to put it in a plastic sheet protector and use it as a placemat for meals. It is excellent to promote learning at the dinner table. This also includes a Australian flag to post as part of your unit.
- Map Outline & Major Cities of Australia – This outline map can be transferred to foam or felt and the city tags can be printed off and attached with map-pins, to help learn about the major cities.
- Australian Provinces Activity – Learn the provinces of Australia using playdough on this interactive play dough mat.
Model of Landmark/Dwelling:
- Echidna Counting Cards – Use these adorable cards numbered 1-10 to teach little ones their numbers. Use clothespins to pin the corresponding number and they look like little quills! Great for teaching counting and works on fine motor skills as well.
Montessori-Themed Indigenous Fauna Cards:
- Montesorri-Inspired 3-Part Matching Cards: Australian Fauna– These are animals found in Australia, and can be used to match with or without miniature models.
- Boomerang – A boomerang is a thrown tool, typically constructed as a flat airfoil, that is designed to spin about an axis perpendicular to the direction of its flight. A returning boomerang is designed to return to the thrower. It is well known as a weapon used by Indigenous Australians for hunting.
We tried Marmite as a sensory activity during our Australia Unit. I have since been told that Vegemite is the Australian version, but they only had Marmite at my local grocery store. My daughter wasn’t a huge fan, lol!
- Aboriginal Art
- Aboriginal Rainsticks From Paper Towel Tubes
- Make a Wattle Art from Tissue Paper
- Jumping Kangaroo Craft
- Fire Snake – A fun STEM Challenge Science Experiment using Baking Soda and Sugar to create a snake looking chemical reaction.
Practical Life Skills:
- Pavlova – is a meringue-based cake named after the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. It features a crisp crust and soft, light inside, usually topped with fruit and whipped cream. It is said to be invented at a Perth hotel in the 1920s. This dessert is often enjoyed on Australia Day.
Fine Motor Skills:
- Australia Animal Track Cards – Use these fun cards of popular Australian animals to trace their footprints in sand or salt – great for working on writing utensil position and promoting fine motor skills.
- Make a Cactus w/Playdough & Toothpicks!
Gross Motor Skills:
- This month we dressed our art doll in a GI Joe costume from Hasbro. We found a wooden alligator at Hobby Lobby and tada, we have a Steve Irwin doll! Crikey!
- Steve Irwin – Known as “The Crocodile Hunter,” Steve was an Australian zookeeper, conservationist, and television personality. Steve became famous for his television series The Crocodile Hunter (1996–2007) and his wildlife documentary series which he co-hosted with his wife Terri. He is fondly remembered for positively impacting wildlife and encouraging his viewers to do the same. HERE is a great collection of activity pages for kids featuring Steve Irwin!
- Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too? by Eric Carle
- Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French
- Over in Australia: Amazing Animals Down Under by Marianne Berkes
I’ll continue to add to this blog post throughout the month as we complete different activities – follow this blog to get updates! 🙂