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
As E. enjoys looking at maps and our big picture atlas I made a map colouring activity for her. I just printed a blank Australia map with the states drawn on it and after naming each states we coloured them one by one.
|E. is practising her A
I also wrote AUSTRALIA below the map and E. traced my letters.
This Australian map puzzle was quite time-consuming to make but the result was beautiful and E. loved it. The link gives you a detailed description how to prepare it. In my version I laminated the pieces. As Queensland and Western Australia consist of 2 parts I sellotaped them together. Then I added sticky back velcro (bought them on sale in Auchan).
|The background is a big blue cardboard
I couldn’t buy a big enough cardboard to fit Tasmania in the right place. What a pity!
We can also use this puzzle map in the long run (I also plan to introduce her some cities as well as animals and famous sights. We’ll use this map to pin cities, animals and sights up on it and put it on the wall to display)
She has done the Australian puzzle map several occasions. Sometimes she even said the names of its states.
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
Of course, we displayed our pieces on our living-room door. You need to imaging the composition as I’ve forgotten to take a photo of it.
|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
Bindi and Robert Irwin feature huge salt-water crocodile
Platypus: Animals for Children
E. was fascinated by the platypus, mainly its webbed feet. So we needed to draw a Mommy and Baby platypus webbed “feet”
We’ll have a look at the other animals later.
In the next part:
E.’s 2nd test of her English; the lovely time in Szentendre we spent together with our Australian friends (M. and B.). – You can read about E.’s 1st real life test here
E. got some sweet presents (soft toys and books) from M. and B.