I have a confession to make. When I was ten years old, I didn’t like koalas.
Nope, not even a little bit!
I thought koalas received way too much attention; the platypus, my favourite animal at the time, was always left in their shadow.
Ironically, my first job working in the zoo industry was a koala handler, and my perception of them changed almost instantly. Koalas are adorable and each have their own personality.
I was easily converted.
Now I wear a koala footprint necklace (almost) everywhere and talk passionately about saving the koala, including to children during educational lessons.
Save the Koala Month Activities
Here’s some fun Save the Koala Month activities that kids will love!
1. Print and play with this koala mask
Download this free koala mask here. All the instructions are included and children can start to act like this cuddly marsupial straight away.
2. Learn to bellow like a koala
I love and loathe this post. I love it because I can’t believe children know how to moo like a cow, hiss like a snake and hoot like an owl, yet they don’t know how to make a koala sound.
Oh, and I loathe it because it’s a video tutorial with me teaching you how to bellow. Argh!
3. Watch koala You Tube clips with your children
4. Teach others about koalas
This is a great idea for older children. Research the koala and get creative by making a koala poster.
Think of action messages you can use to educate your school and local community. My oldest daughter is quite young, so we made our poster together. She took hers to kindy to teach her friends all about koalas.
5. Read koala books
Here’s some of our favourites:
- Koala Lou by Mem Fox
- Koala by Edana Eckart
- The Koala: Natural History, Conservation and Management by Roger Martin, Kathrine Handasyde and Sue Simpson
- Finding Home by Sandra Markle
6. Hang a koala garland
Koala footprint Garland
Did you know that koalas have fingerprints?
Use your fingerprints to decorate this koala hand and foot template. Why not hang them up around the house for Save the Koala Month? You can see we used our footprints on the poster.
7. Search for koalas if they live in your local area
Put your hiking boots on and make sure you take your binoculars… koala bottoms high up in the trees can be hard to spot! Look for signs of koalas too. E.g. Koala poo droppings, footprints and tree scratching.
8. Help koalas
Play is important, but teaming it up with an action builds a more meaningful experience for a child. As parents, we can model acting for wildlife and our children can join us on our journey. You may even see your child take over your enthusiasm and start to be the driving force.
- Raise money for the Australian Koala Foundation. You can ask your child how they could raise some money for Save the Koala Month. Could you get the school involved? Could your children donate a small portion of their pocket money? Go online and show your child where the money will go, how it helps koalas, and why money is important to help save them.
- Keep cats and dogs in at night time. Koalas are nocturnal so keeping your pets in at night will reduce the risk of your dog or cat killing a koala.
- Report sightings of koalas for research purposes
- Keep remnant Eucalyptus trees on your property
- Build koala-friendly fencing
- Write letters to the Australian government urging them to act for koalas by saving koala habitat. The Australian Koala Foundation has a good example letter here.
You have a whole 30 days to enjoy these Save the Koala Month activities.
Not really fond of koalas? Meet one in person and you may just change your mind!