In short: Nothing. In more details: last month (April) we met a lovely elderly couple from Australia who we’d encountered on our honeymoon in Istanbul in 2011. Quite unusual.
I’ve taken the opportunity of their visit to Hungary to introduce Australia to E. She loves planet Earth anyway. She already knows about continents (her favourite is Antarctica) so Australia will be fascinating for her. I hoped…
Map of Australia
|E. is practising her A|
|The background is a big blue cardboard|
Painting the flag
As the puzzle map gave me a hard time we did not twist the flag project. I printed a blank Australian flag and painted it while we were talking about what is what on the flag
- The British Union Jack flag is in the upper left corner – noting Australia’s ties to Great Britain
- The Southern Cross constellation (5 stars) is on the right side of the flag. The constellation can be seen from everywhere in Australia
- The large, white, seven-pointed Commonwealth Star
|Work in progress|
Animals of Australia
First, I created flashcards of the most commonly known Australian animals. (See a printable at the end of the post)
Kangaroo Duck-billed Platypus
Emu Brown snake
Wombat Salt Water Crocodile
Tasmanian Devil Frilled Necked Lizard
E. has already heard about and seen a kangaroo in the zoo, and also seen pictures of koalas. She knows the (white) wombat from the video titled Red Rabbit, Green Gorilla. She is also familiar with the look of a crocodile or a snake as well as an ostrich, which can remind you of an emu. So first, I showed her 7 flashcards out of the 12.
As most of the animals had a familiar look I decided to add some information to the flashcards on their backs.
We had a look at Australia in our Picture Atlas Of The World.
As on this map flora and fauna is depicted, I showed E. an animal, I said its name and she needed to find it on the map. When she found it we placed the flashcard on the map and I told her some interesting information (1 or 2 pieces) about the animal (eating habit, place of living, offspring etc.)
She was laughing at the platypus and found the Tasmanian Devil cute.
When we finished with this she wanted to see them in real life so we sat down in front of youtube and watched a few interesting videos. (I had prepared for this request so we didn’t need to waste time with searching for them)
The Cow Goes Moo – Kangaroo for Kids
I’m a Koala
Bindi and Robert Irwin feature huge salt-water crocodile
Platypus: Animals for Children
We’ll have a look at the other animals later.
In the next part:
E. got some sweet presents (soft toys and books) from M. and B.