"There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million." -Walter Streightiff

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Land Down Under

G'day Mates-
We traveled to the "land down under" where we met animals that aren't found anywhere else on earth. We met Joey the kangaroo, Twisker the bush mouse, Slider the snake, Prickler the echidna, Flatso the platypus, and Sly-tooth the crocodile in the book, Snap! by Marcia Vaughn.

We met some more of their mates in There Were Ten in the Bed by Cheryl Orsini and Koala Lou by Mem Fox.
To the tune of "BINGO", we sang about a wild dog that lives in Australia- the dingo.
It goes like this:
Was a country had a dog and dingo was its name, oh!
And dingo was its name-oh!

Playing "Kangaroo Hopscotch" with Joey, we jumped from 1 to 10 and back again.
To get in some more practice jumping like kangaroos, we did the Kangaroo Broad Jump. We had to stand behind a mark on the deck and jump as far as we could with feet together. We swung our arms to help us jump farther. We marked on the deck how far we jumped. We did it again to see if we could "beat" our first jump.
Just like Aborigines in Australia, we decorated boomerangs. We used tempera paint and brushes. When they were dry, we tried our hand at throwing them.
We sang the song "Kookaburra" over and over again:

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
Merry, merry king of the bush is he
Laugh, Kookaburra! Laugh, Kookaburra!
Gay your life must be.

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree

Eating all the gum drops he can see
Stop, Kookaburra! Stop, Kookaburra!
Leave some there for me.

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree

Counting all the monkeys he can see
Stop, Kookaburra! Stop, Kookaburra!
That's not a monkey, that's me!

Using toothpicks and gumdrops we made "Kookaburra Gumdrop Sculptures". We made squares and triangles and then expanded on those by making cubes and pyramids. We tried hexagons, octagons and tall towers as well. We exercised such awesome self control by not eating them, we were each allowed to eat one when we were done- one that hadn't been handled:-) YUM! No wonder kookaburra eats them all up!
The didgeridoo is a rhythm instrument crafted by the aboriginal people of Australia. We used didgeridoos made of PVC pipes to make some music of our own as we listened to didgeridoo music.
 We read the book, Wombat Goes Walkabout by Michael Morpurgo.
We set off on a walkabout of our very own. We didn't find any animals from Australia but we made lots of other discoveries. We looked for and noticed things we had never seen before, even though we've walked this way many times. 
Over 3,500 years ago, Australian Aboriginies created unique handprints on cave walls by blowing a mixture of red ochre and water from their mouths over their hands. Artists also created unique rock paintings alongside their blown handprints to document their life. Traditional Aboriginal art uses lots of patterns and vibrant colors.

We made our handprints on a stone with vibrant colors to symbolize the traditional art of the Aborigines.

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