Australian Crafts and
Activities for Kids

How to Make Australian Crafts Including: Platypus Paper Bag Puppet, Sock Platypus, Kangaroo Crafts, Echidna Craft, Australian Dot Art and Stenciling.


Wombat Paper Plate Craft for Kids

Wombat Paper Plate Craft for Kids from www.daniellesplace.comWhat you will need:

Two Regular-sized Paper Plates

Two Snack-sized Paper Plates

Card Stock (Heavy Paper)

Green Yarn

Tacky Glue or Low Temperature Glue

Paint or Crayons


How to Make a Wombat Paper Plate Craft:

1. Draw legs and ears on a piece of card stock, color them and cut them out. (A Printable Pattern for the ears, and legs are available to members.

2. Fold back the sides of two snack-sized paper plates so that they match and glue them together at the sides. Cut a mouth shape out of the bottom of the plates. (A Printable Template is available to members.)

3. Glue the ears to the head. Glue the legs on to the top of one of the paper plates and then glue the two large paper plates together. And then glue the head to the body.

4. Cut yarn into six inch pieces and glue them inside the mouth.

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Read Fun Stories About Wombats


Diary of a Wombat Diary of a Baby Wombat Christmas Wombat
Wombat Walkabout Adventures of Little Wombat Swim, Little Wombat, Swim!


Wombat with Yarn Hair Activity Sheet for Kids

Wombat Activity Sheet for Kids from www.daniellesplace.comWhat you will need:

Card Stock (Heavy Paper)

Colored Pencils or Crayons

Tan or Brown Yarn


Tacky Glue


How to Make the Hairy Wombat:

1. Read stories about wombats and look at pictures of them online.

2. Have your children draw their own pictures of wombats or use the Printable Activity Sheet (Available to members).

3. After they have colored their wombats have the cut up yarn into one-inch pieces and glue them to the body.

4. You can also have them write interesting facts about wombats on the sheet.

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Read Fun Stories About Wombats

Where To, Little Wombat? Watch Out, Little Wombat! Sometimes I Like to
Curl Up in a Ball
Somtimes I like to Curl up in a Ball


Platypus Paper Bag Puppet Craft for Kids

Paper Bag Platypus Puppet Craft from

What you will need:

Brown Paper Lunch Bag

Purple and Brown Construction Paper

Tacky Glue

White Paper for the Eyes


Markers or Crayons



How to Make a Paper Bag Puppet:

1. Print out the platypus Pattern and make copies onto construction paper. (Printing Problems?)

2. Cut a tail shape (pattern not included) from the same color construction paper (not shown).

3. Fold in the bottom corners of the bag as shown in the picture.

4. Cut out the patterns and glue them to the bag as shown in the picture to the left. Glue the bottom beak to the bag underneath the top beak.

How to Print or Copy these Instructions.

DLTK's Growing Together Web site has a Platypus Toilet Paper Roll Craft that preschool age kids will enjoy making to go along with this paper bag craft.

LooLeDo's web site has a very Creative Platypus Figure that is a great craft for school-age children made from an empty water bottle. The bottle is covered with pieces of masking tape to make it look like fur.

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Puggles the Sock Platypus Craft for Kids

Platypus Sock Craft for Kids This cute little critter is made from a child's sock and one finger cut from a glove.

It takes only minutes to make.

Stuff the sock, secure with rubber bands, and glue the tail closed.

You can find complete directions for this craft on the Sock Crafts Page.

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"Facts About Platypus" Itty Bitty Printable Book

"Facts About Platypus" Itty Bitty Printable Book for Children from www.daniellesplace.comDid you know that a baby platypus is called a puggle?

You and your children will learn all kinds of interesting facts about platypus in this Itty Bitty Book about Platypus including:

*Platypus live in only Australia in bushland and rainforest.

*They eat bugs, shrimp, and small aquatic creatures.

*Platypus detect their food with the help of electric signals
from their prey's bodies, with sensors on their bill.


(The Printable Patterns for this book are available to members only.)



Good Books about Platypus

Platypus A Platypus, Probably The Amazing Adventure of
Paddy Platypus


Kangaroo Crafts

See the Kangaroo Crafts on other pages.

Kangaroo Bag Craft from

Kangroo Craft from

Kangaroo Joey Craft for Kids from

Kangaroo Stuffed Toy Craft for Kids Kangaroo iPod Pouch Sewing Craft for Kids Little Joey Paper Plate Craft
Kangaroo Planter Craft from Kangaroo Craft from  
Kangaroo Planter Craft Kangaroo "Tell Someone About Jesus Craft"  

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Mama Kangaroo With Joey Craft for Kids

Kangaroo and Joey Craft for Kids from www.daniellesplace.comKangaroo Mom and Joey 3D Craft - (Printing Problems?)

Color the pattern, fold, and tape.

This mother kangaroo carries a joey in her pouch. You can place other items such as candy or small gifts in her pouch and use as a party favor. This craft is available to members only. Follow the link to get the the member's only section.

What you will need: Card stock (heavy paper), crayons or colored pencils, tape or glue.

How to make:

1. Print out the body and head patterns and cut them out. Color the patterns. (Printable patterns are available to members.)

2. Fold the pattern in half at the arms (Line A).

3. Fold up Line B, C, D and E. Glue Tabs 1 and 2 behind the front part of the Kangaroo.

4. Glue the front and back of the pattern together and the inside of the arms.

5. Fold the arms forward at Lines F and G.

6. Fold back the legs forward underneath the pouch part and glue.

7. Fold the tail back.

8. Place the joey in the kangaroo's pouch.

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Golf Tee Echidna Craft for Kids

golf tee Echidna Craft for kids from www.daniellesplace.comEchidnas are spiky little animals that live in Australia that look like a cross between an anteater, porcupine, and a hedgehog. Children will enjoy making a replica of these spiny anteaters and increase their knowledge of Australian animals in the process.

What you will need:

Styrofoam Eggs, 2 1//2-Inch-by-1 7/8-Inch

Golf Tees

Brown paint


How to make an Echidna craft:

1. Cut the top part of four golf tees so that they are about 1 1/2" long. Press the cut tees into the egg to make the Echidna's legs as shown in the picture.

2. Paint the body and legs brown.

3. Break toothpicks in half and stick them in the Echidna's body as shown in the picture. Stick one of the cut off tee in the front of the egg to make the Echidna's pointy snout. Paint it brown and draw on eyes with a permanent marker.

How to Print or Copy these Instructions.

Children can Learn More about Echidnas on the San Diego Zoo web site.

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Australian Dot Art with Natural Paint

aboriginal rock dot art from www.daniellesplace.comAborigines orginally used paint they made from natural items such as clay (Ochre) mixed with saliva, eggs, or animal fat. Children will enjoy trying to make their own paints. We used orange clay, charcoal, and pollen from sunflowers to make our natural paints. Other things they might use are crushed fruit and vegetables such as berries and beets. Have them paint with sticks that have been flattened at the ends. Rub the ends of the sticks on sandstone to flatten them.

The Aboringines painted things that had meaning to them, to tell stories, and teach. Show your children the different symbols the Aborigines used (Links below) and ask them what symbols we use today. Have your children paint things that have meaning to using dot art techniques.

Videos of Aboriginal Dot Paintings

1. Aboriginal Dot Painting - Students make dot paintings of natural forms and animals that reflects their personalities. Shows how they did a lot of pre-planning before starting their paintings.
2. How to Do Dot Painting - Detailed demonstration on how to make a dot painting.
3. Aboriginal Dot Art by Kurun Warun - Kurum Warun demonstrates dot painting and explains the meaning of his painting. He also demonstrates how to play the didgeridoo.
4. Aboriginal Artist Judy Watson Napangardi - Judy demonstrates her dot painting 4. techniques using a series of dots to make thick lines. She makes very large paintings and sits on her canvas while she works.
5. Aboriginal Art William Sandy - Paints very large canvases with bold lines and dots.
6. Arte Aborigen Australiano (Aboriginal Art) - Pictures of Aboriginal Art
7. Symbols and their Meaning - Pictures of the symbols used in Aboriginal Dot Paintings with explanations of their meanings.


Australian Dot Art

Australian Aboriginals used sticks, Echidna quills, or spikes to paint traditional "dream time stories". Their paintings depicted stories from their lives. They usually used traditional symbols in their paintings such as: fish, turtles, crocodiles, snakes, kangaroos and other animals. They also painted pictures of weapons, boomerangs, and other tools they used.

Make Your Own Dot Art Pictures - Study Aboriginal art and then make your own dot painting by dipping a stick, handle end of a paint brush, or your finger into tempera paint and place dots on your paper to make designs.

aboriginal dot art rock paper weight craft for kids from www.daniellesplace.comDot Art Paper Weight

What you will need: smooth river rock, acrylic paint (earth tones), and paint brushes.

How to Make Australian Dot Art:

1. Study Australian dot art designs. Decide what type of design and colors you would like to use.

2. Start by painting the lightest background colors. Fill in with the darker colors. Then add dots.

How to Print or Copy these Instructions.

Examples of dot paintings on
Example 1 of aboriginal dot painting on
Example 2 of aboriginal dot paint on
Many samples of student dot art on Aboriginal Art Project web site

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Aboriginal's used common objects such as stencils in their rock art. They used boomerangs, their own hands or other's hands, feet, tools, spears, etc.

Make Your Own Stenciled Pictures - Add food coloring to small spray bottles filled with water. (Wear old clothes because food coloring stains.) Place your hand on a sheet of construction paper, trace around it with a pencil and then cut it out. This is your stencil. Place the "stencil" on another sheet of paper. Use the spray bottle to spray painting around the handprint. When you lift the handprint stencil the hand shape will stand out.

How to Print or Copy these Instructions.

You can find out more information about stenciling at Aboriginal Art Online.

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Good Books About Australia

Kangaroos Facts Book for
Kids - Amazing Fun Facts About Kangaroos
E Is for Echidna: My
Australian Word Book


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