When a child shows interest in a specific animal, it’s a great opportunity for learning. Why not encourage a love of wombats? Those chubby balls of fluff are adorable (just like this free wombat mask)!
Here’s how you can extend on your child’s interest in wombats.
Read wombat books
Be sure to borrow some books from the library and display them around your playroom or centre. Don’t forget to borrow both fiction and non-fiction!
A list of some great wombat books:
- Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French
- Found you, Wombat by Vicki Churchill
- Wombat Down Below! by Jill Morris
- The Wombat Who Talked To The Stars by Jill Morris
- The Wombat: Common Wombats in Australia by Barbara Triggs
Understanding that wombats are marsupials
Learning about how a wombat has babies can be complex for little ones.
Wombats are marsupials, and that means that they give birth to under-developed babies, called joeys. The young wombat must climb into its mother’s pouch and drink plenty of milk where it becomes fully developed.
If your child doesn’t know much about different types of animals yet, I’d suggest you learn a little bit about basic body coverings first. Here’s a great activity that gets your children learning the basics of animal classification in a fun and interactive way.
Once your child understands these basic classification concepts you can teach them about different types of mammals, like marsupials. This is a great youtube video about Marsupials. They’re truly fascinating.
Free Wombat Mask
Grab this free wombat mask and use it as part of your play.
I’d highly recommend pairing your wombat masks with some wombat play. Build wombat burrows in your playroom and pretend to dig – womble about just like a wombat would!
I think pretending to be a wombat was the best fun of all.