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We love Australia!
We might be slightly biased, (as Sydney, Australia is where we call home), but I believe Australia is an absolutely fascinating place. We have amazing animals, stunning native flora, some pretty cool buildings and landmarks, all wrapped up in a quirky larrikan culture.
You’ll find below some of our Australian art, craft, recipe and activity ideas. I’ve also included a couple of our ideas that use particularly Aussie materials, like gumnuts and magpie feathers. We’ve found activities like these are a great hands-on way for our kids to learn about this country of ours.
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Oi, Oi, Oi!
Australian Activities for Kids
I’ve also included below some of our favourite Aussie ideas from around the web. (I’ll be adding to this list as I go, so feel free to shoot me suggestions…)
Australian and Aboriginal Flag Activities
- Make an Aboriginal Flag out of Lego. From A Moment in Our World.
- Here’s an Australian flag idea using Hema (fusing) beads. By Ideas 4 Kids.
- And don’t forget our own Australia Flag craft. By Danya Banya.
Aussie Animal Crafts & Activities
- We made a super cute corroboree frog craft out of leaves, on our sister site Go Science Kids.
- This cupcake case cockatoo from Activity Village looks fun.
- Paper plate koalas are cute & fun to make! From Danya Banya.
- Mother Natured has a great dot animal painting idea.
- Laughing Kids Learnhas a cute a blue-ringed octopus craft from a toilet paper roll.
- Our clay echidna are easy to make and super cute. By Danya Banya.
- These sulphur crested and Major Mitchell’s cocktaoo pencil tins are adorable! From The Craft Train.
- Or if you are after even more Aussie animal crafts, check out our (ever growing) A-Z of Aussie animal crafts list. There’s tons of great ideas there…
- Make some cool boab tree mosiac pictures, from A Moment in Our World.
- The Craft Train has a cool stamped wattle art idea.
- Or you might like our scrunched tissue paper wattle craft and pom pom wattle stamp art. (From Danya Banya)
- I adore this jacaranda tree art from Be A Fun Mum.
- Aussie bottle brush are fun to paint! From Danya Banya.
Australian Iconic Landscapes and Buildings
- Have you seen our paper plate Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House crafts? From Danya Banya
- I just love this torn paper collage of Uluru. From Kid World Citizen.
- Adventures of Adam has a cool Sydney Harbour tuff spot idea.
- Use bendy straws to create a model flagpole on top of Australian Parliament House in Canberra. From Danya Banya.
Aussie Picture Books
- 40 Favourite Picture Books by Australian Authors, as recommended by Childhood 101.
- The ABCS of Australian Animals is an interactive Kids Yoga Stories book by Giselle Shardlow.
Classic Aussie Food for Kids
- Witness some kitchen chemical reactions with Go Science Kids‘ easy Anzac biscuit recipe.
- Or you could try this Anzac Slice from Mum Lyfe.
- Laughing Kids Learn has an Aussie damper bread recipe.
- Go Science Kids also has a homemade violet crumble recipe that is part science, part delicious!
- Kidgredients has the sweetest little Australia Day Pavlovas.
- And how cute are these “Koala up a Creek” party treats from Laughing Kids Learn.
- And who can pass up an Aussie vegemite scroll? From Laughing Kids Learn.
Excursion Ideas for Kids to Learn About Australia
New South Wales
- Visit the Australian Museum, next to Sydney’s Hyde Park. In addition to their stellar natural history exhibits, they also have a large anthropological collection focusing on indigenous Australian artifacts.
- Sydney Aquarium at Darling Harbour features a huge variety of Australian marine and fresh water aquatic creatures from various Australian water habitats, including the world’s largest Great Barrier Reef display, outside of the reef itself, of course! There are lots of sharks, sting rays, dugongs (yes dugongs!), and much more..
- Manly Sealife Sanctuary is a smaller, but more manageable aquarium for those with little kids. It focuses specifically on the sea life found in Sydney Harbour and nearby beaches, including (adorable!) little penguins (aka fairy penguins). Plus there’s a lovely beach just outside for sand play afterwards.
- If you’re ever in far north Queensland, I highly recommend a visit to Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. It’s has four distinct exhibits, each focusing on one of North Queenslands natural environments: the woodlands, wetlands, savannah and rainforest. Most of the exhibits are walk through – so you are in amongst the animals! Tickets are valid for several days, so we usually visit a couple of times per trip. Call ahead to check when the crocodile feeding is on. And don’t forget to purchase a small bag of pellet food, so you can hand-feed the magpie geese, emus, kangaroos and wallabies.
Do you have any other Aussie activity suggestions or recommendations? I’d love to hear them!
You can find all the above posts (and more) on our Australia for Kids Pinterest board.
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