Week Seven of Our Summer Travels: Australia

Photo By Lauri Vain

G-Day Mate!!

Yep, we’ve been to the Land Down Under. The kids really seemed to enjoy learning about Australia more than any of the other countries we’ve explored.

This could be partly because I was able to find better books at the library for their age group about Australia than I was able to find for some of the other countries. I think they also liked learning about Kangaroos and Koalas.

Speaking of books, we were definitely busy reading this week.

We Read:




Why Koala has a Stumpy Tail

A Pocketful of Pets

We Made:

Kangaroo Paper Bag Puppets

kangaroo1You can’t really go wrong with paper bag puppets. They are always a hit with the kids, and you can make almost any animal you want with them.

Koala Wreath


I don’t recommend this craft for young children. It was very frustrating trying to glue all the green pieces into circles, and then onto the cardboard ring. We ended up using scotch tape to get the circles to stay closed and then also to attach them to the cardboard.

Actually, I ended up doing most of that part, and it took forever. Oh, and can you tell I need new ink for my color printer? We have a striped Koala.

We Ate:

Australian Meat Pie

I’m not even going to show you the picture of this one. First off, the recipe I found had pretty vague instructions. Then, I kind of messed up the ingredients. You see, I wanted to half the recipe so we would only have one pie instead of two (the recipe made two pies).

Well, I realized as I was putting the pie in the oven that I had halved only part of the ingredients, but not all of them. Not my best moment in the kitchen….Although the pie was edible, I think it is safe to say, I won’t be making it again.

Anzac Biscuits


These biscuits (Australian cookies), on the other hand, were very tasty. They tasted like a cross between an oatmeal cookie and a sugar cookie.

The only problem I had with them was that the instructions said to cook them for 15 minutes and they turned out a little on the hard side. Of course, dip them in a little milk, and you’re good to go 🙂

We Watched:

Kangaroo Jack

Chuck and I had never even seen this movie before, but we all thought it was pretty funny.

Finding Nemo

This is another great movie to watch for Australia week. We didn’t get a chance to watch Finding Nemo this week, but we talked about it taking place around Sydney, Australia. Believe me, we have watched it plenty of times around here.

Well that wraps up last week’s adventure. It’s hard to believe, but we only have three weeks left before school starts backs.

This week we’ll be watching a kid’s movie starring a lion and a zebra. Can you guess what country we’re visiting?

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