Celebrate National Bilby Day with Ten Activities for Kids

National Bilby Day ActivitiesNational Bilby Day is held annually on the second Sunday of September. Why not celebrate it with some or all of the fun ideas below.

  1. Download, print and make your free bilby mask  

Click here to download the bilby mask.

Bilby Mask Printable

  1. Act the bilby

Hop, dig, hop, hop, dig around the house and backyard, or in public if you choose.  We received quite a few stares at our local nursery while trying to get a photo of Miss Possum with some spinifex-like grass for the occasion.

  1. Read some bilby Story Books

  • Bilby Moon by Margaret Spurling
  • Melly and the Bilby by Susan-Zela Bissett and Stephen Hagan
  • Hunwick’s Egg by Mem Fox
  1. Watch this video 

This is a great video for kids, although I personally don’t think the puppet looks anything like the furry marsupial we are talking about!

  1. Donate to the Save the Bilby Fund

Founders of Save the Bilby Fund, Frank Manthey and Peter McRae, built a sanctuary in the Currawinya Park near Charleville. This sanctuary is not a zoo but a 250sq km electrified predator-proof fence that allows bilbies to roam free without the interference from feral pests like wild cats and foxes. On-going  funds are needed for bilby research and to help maintain the fence.

  1. Eat chocolate

Yes, you read right. Eating chocolate, specifically Darrell Lea bilby chocolate, supports Save the Bilby Fund. Darrell Lea has been supporting the cause since 1999 and they have raised over $319,000 through chocolate sales alone.

  1. Hop over to this website for more fun stuffBilby sock puppet

This website includes free printables’ such as mazes, dot-to-dots, fact sheets and more

  1. Encourage your child’s school to help support the Day

Schools can help bilbies by selling merchandise and educating their students about the furry marsupial. Approach your school early to give them time to organize an event.

  1. Build a Bilby

Search around your house for reusable products and see if you can make a bilby puppet like ours.

  1. Write a story about bilbies with your child

Study the books in point three and then rewrite a new version or come up with your own story line. Who’s the main character? What’s their quest? how does it end?

 What will you do to celebrate this special day?

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  1. kirri says

    There are lots of great ideas here and I do love to support our wee Bilbys but the one that appeals to me the involves visiting Darrell Lea.

  2. Greeen Mama says

    You had me at ‘chocolate’! Have sent this to my older daughter’s kinder teacher, but we’ll be playing with masks and stories as well. I hate to admit it, but I know nothing about bilbies other than they are endangered.

    • pawhitehouse says

      I might have to help you out with that one. I’ll add it to my list. If I had more time I would write a post up about bilbies for National Bilby Day but I’m heading off to Mt Tamborine today. I’ll see what I can do :)

  3. Grace Titioka says

    Chocolate ? You want me to eat chocolate ??? Gee, ok. Only if I really have to.
    The things I do for the Bilbys :)

    • pawhitehouse says

      Make sure it’s Darrell Lea BILBY choclate Miss Grace. It doesn’t mean you should inhale any chocolate you see. ;)

  4. says

    Thhis is a really cute post. It has inspired me to add a Bilby story to my Australian animal storytelling workshop. Thank you for the inspiration and your passion for Austrailian wildlife.

  5. pawhitehouse says

    Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment Beth. I’m stoked that you will be adding it to your storytelling workshop. I hope your audience love it!

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