Wombats and Koalas -Facts and Videos

While writing the review of   Wombat Goes Walkabout written by Michael Morpurgo and illustrator Christian BirminghamI came across few useful websites and video links which share amazing facts.

We all know it’s always good to see and learn about animals in the farms, zoo, national parks and  safaris. But since we can’t go to southern hemisphere of our Earth to have live experience of these animals I thought of showing my kid few video links which have information regarding Koalas and Wombats.

I hope kids as well as parents  will have fun learning about other animals like “Dingo” an Australian wild dog, “Thorny Devil” an Australian lizard and many more interesting facts by watching these videos along with them.

Till now I was aware of  only one Marsupial i.e Kangaroo, but when I started digging for information about  Australian animals I was astounded to know that Koalas, Wombat, Possums, Wallabies, Tasmanian devils and Opossums are also Marsupials and surprisingly all of them are Nocturnal. So it’s another brilliant information to be shared with kids while reading the above book mentioned in this blog.

Know More About Koalas: Koalas have special teeth made for chewing up eucalyptus leaves. Grinding the leaves to a pulp provides koalas with water. The word Koala means ” no drink”.  They like tree shades and can sleep for 18 hours a day. Koala babies are called “joeys ” and the new-born koala is only the size of a jelly bean. Male Koalas are called “Buck” and  females are called “Doe”. Collective noun used for them are : a colony of Koalas or a population of Koalas.




Know more about Wombats:



AN UNTOLD STORY OF KOALAS AND WOMBATS: This video gives exposure to many more animal facts other than wombat and koala. Very little part of this video might be unpleasant to kids so you can skip that part.


Reaction of my kid after watching videos : With a cute and very naughty smile he asks me, “ Mumma!! can we have them as pet ? When we will go to Australia to see these animal?”

From my side it was a very small effort to sow the little seed of knowledge in his brain as you never know “From a small seed mighty trunk may grow-Aeschylus Quote“.


Wombat Goes Walkabout Extended Activity

This story of wombat can be made more informative and interesting by carrying out following activities along with kids. You can check out my previous page to know more about this book.

Extended Activity for 6-7 years old :
While looking for activities related to this book I got a valuable information which we can do with our kids at school and at home.

Here are the links:

Link 1:  Encourages kids to explore the geographical aspects of the story by involving them to locate places on map and then providing information related to seasonal changes occurring in two hemispheres of our Earth.

For example: Help students to locate Australia and the state of Victoria on a map. Explain that Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere, which means that seasons are revers2017-01-22-00-58-32-554ed from the Northern Hemisphere. Discuss what season it is now. What season will it be in Australia? The wild-fire that takes place in this story is a common occurrence in parts of
southern Australia; February, 2009 was a particularly bad fire season. Discuss where wild fires occur most often in the United States (California). In what ways are these places similar?

Referring to the above link we did a follow-up activity using a book from our shelf.

We tried to locate Australian Animals and Great Victoria Desert in the provided page image taken from the Usborne Children’s Picture Atlas: 

Link 2: Develops better understanding by discussing questions related to illustration of the book, for example  : Why the images are ‘fuzzy’ or slightly out of focus. Why do the backgrounds of the images have a smoky, orange color? 

Video Links for Koalas and Wombats : Since kids love watching Animal videos I am providing some informative websites and video links which can be read and  shown to kids who want to know more about the animals mentioned in this book.

Wombat Goes Walkabout

One day Wombat woke up and thought, “I think I’ll dig a hole today.” Wombat loved digging holes. So off he went and dug a deep, deep hole. He crawled inside and sat therImage result for wombat goes walkaboute in the cool and the dark and began to think, because Wombat loved thinking too. He thought to himself , ” Why is the sky blue? Why am I a wombat and not a kangaroo ?

And this is how the unique story of a burrowing plant-eating Australian marsupial, which resembles a small bear with short legs starts.
It’s one of our favorite as it conveyed a special message and gave us a glimpse of Australian animals through beautiful verbs accompanied by pencil sketches.

This is a brilliant book for 5 to 7 years old kids, who are exploring verbs and learning about new animals.

A Special Message:
This story of Wombat conveys a message, that everybody in this world is unique in their own way and have special skills. When all the other animals in this story show off their skills and do not appreciate wombat’s talent, it’s wombat who tries to save everyone from danger engulfing the forest.

Do you want to meet Australian Animals?
Author of this book Michael Morpurgo takes us for a ride to the “Australian Outback”, where Wombat has lost his mother and while looking for her in bushes he wanders and meets with all different kind of creatures: Kookaburra,Wallaby, Possum, Emu, Boy, and Koala.

Explore verbs for Animal sounds and Movements:
The best part of this book is that, the Author has chosen variety of verbs to describe “animal movements” like: cackling kookaburra, hopping wallabies, swinging possums, hunting boys, scampering emus, and dozing koalas.
Also if you get a chance to read this book you will find that instead of using “Said” every time he has used verbs like cackled, laughed, snapped, called and asked.

This book is not only a treasure for verbs but it also introduces kids with animal habitats and their special skills and features.

Illustrator Christian Birmingham has beautifully described this story through his pencil sketches and red-gold pastel paintings.

Extended Activities for 6-7 years old :
While looking for activities related to this book I got a valuable information which we can do with our kids at school and at home. You can click here to know more.

Picture and Video Credits : Google and Youtube .