As part of our "Australia" theme over the last week, we did a lot of animal themed activities. Australia does have a lot of unique animals.
E has a block-puzzle that has pictures of different Australian animals and we had fun putting the pictures together. E also likes to stack the blocks and find all the pieces with animal heads on them.
We did some arts and crafts, including a dot painting of a gecko:
and a paper-plate kangaroo with a joey:
I found some animal songs on youtube. This exercise song would have been better if the video showed children doing the actions instead of just pictures of the animals. Don Spencer sings many classic Australian animal songs. I used to listen to the "Feathers, Fur or Fins" album when I was young. The only ones I could find online were this video which includes "Please Don't Call Me a Koala Bear" and the Play School version of "Feathers, Fur or Fins".
E had plenty of fun pretending to be different animals. Her favourites were a bouncing kangaroo and a squawking, flying cockatoo.
We read some animal books, too. After reading "Koala Lou" by Mem Fox, E pretended to be a koala using a mask from Wildlife Fun 4 Kids:
Echidnas were made using play-dough and pop-sticks:
I knew that bag of pop-sticks would come in handy one day. :)