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Australia hosts some of the most unique animals on earth: the wombat, the kangaroo, the koala, the platypus–and students find these animals fascinating.
Take a trip to the Land Down Under with this engaging set of Australian Animals Printables.
Australian Animals Printable Activities
Tally Mark Math
Let your student draw the correct number of tally marks in each box (to correspond with Koala’s dots). This activity will help your student to understand quantities and to practice counting.
Measuring the Animals
Students will measure the Australian animals with small 2×2 LEGO bricks (or Unifix cubes). Graph your data using the graph page provided. This activity teaches your student about measurement and graphing.
Poem & Word Building
Build literacy skills as you read through the poem with your student.
You can turn this into a phonics game by asking your student to match the word cards to the words in the poem. Have your student build the words with her alphabet magnets.
Knock Out Game
Practice addition, counting, and number recognition with the Australian Animals knock out game.
Let your student roll two dice and add the two numbers. Place a marker on the animal with the correct sum. When all the animals are covered, the game is over. You can also play this as two players (each with a board). The first player to cover all their animals wins. If you want to make this a cooperative game, just print one copy. Both players can work together to knock-out all the numbers on the board.
Australian Animal Facts
Let your student use narration and recall skills to dictate what she’s learned about Australian animals.
Record her words on the page as she speaks.
My Australian Adventure
Promote storytelling, literacy, and creative thinking with this one activity.
Let your child dictate his story to you while you type. This makes story writing easy for young children. They can write a great story without having to worry about handwriting, spelling, punctuation, etc. Kids generate better stories when someone scribes for them.
The wombat maze promotes fine motor skills, number recognition, and includes counting practice.
What Numbers Are Next?
Practice addition and numerical order with this math activity. Add the dice that kangaroo is holding. Write the numbers that come after the sum.
Feathers, Scales, or Fur?
As your student puts Xs in the appropriate places, he is working on science and classification skills.
Roll, Say, Keep Game
Cut all the Australian animal cards out. Use the labeled cards to teach your student the names of the Australian animals. Once your student is familiar with the names, play the game.
Place six cards on the board. Let your student roll a die. Does he know the name of the animal in that number’s space? Say it! If he knows the name, he gets to keep the card.
Replace the empty spot with another animal card. When your student has six cards, he wins the game (or you can play for all 12).
Once your student has mastered the game, try playing it as a phonics game. Your student will need to tell you the first letter of each animal name in order to win the cards.
Feed the Koala Game
Work on fine motor skills while counting, recognizing numbers, and understanding quantities.
Print and laminate page. Mom needs to write numbers in the second column. The student should use playdough to make Eucalyptus leaves. The student should then place the correct amount of leaves for each koala in the third column.
Australian Animals Library List
You do not need these exact books for these Australian Animals Printables.
Please use whatever books your library has available and read, read, read to your child!
Reading is great for language development, literacy skills, and snuggling; it is the best thing you can do with your young student.
Koala Lou by Mem Fox
Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French
Over in Australia by Marianne Berkes
Wombat Goes for Walkabout by Michael Morpurgo
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More Australian Animals Activities
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An older student may enjoy learning about these Australian animals.