Have you ever had fun making Wombat Stew with your kids? The girls and I love reading the Australian classic children’s picture story book. It makes us laugh, learn and fortunately no wombats are harmed at any point in the book.
I love Australia Day. It happens once a year and I look forward to finding fun little ways to celebrate it with Possum (aged 6 years) and Boo (aged 3 years). Reading classic Australian children’s books, like Wombat Stew by Marcia K Vaughan and Pamela Lofts, is always high on our list of things to do and the book lends itself so wonderfully to a fun activity of pretend play.
Recommended age: 2 years +
(Strict and active supervision required on all my suggested activities)
Fun making Wombat Stew with your kids
‘Womabt Stew’ is a hilarious book about a Dingo who catches a fat wombat and decides to make him into a stew for his lunch. To save Wombat from the stewpot all the other Australian animals make sure that Dingo’s stew turns out to be very nasty with bugs and mud before Wombat is added to the pot.
Making Wombat Stew
Boo (aged 3 years) and I took some time to read through the book, ‘Wombat Stew’. We talk about all the animals, their unique features and how they managed to work together to trick the dingo to save their friend the wombat.
I asked Boo if she wanted to make some pretend wombat stew as it was described in the book and she absolutely jumped at the chance. I mean, who wouldn’t?
Whilst we didn’t want to add real flies and bugs to the stew (eek), which is added to the pot in the book, we tweaked the recipe a little and added plastic flies, bug stickers, feathers, mud, water, gum nuts and the gum leaves. Perfect!
Australian flora and fauna
The animals in the book throw into the Dingos stew all sorts of disgusting ingredients, convincing the Dingo that it will make the stew taste better! We collected lots of wonderful gumnuts, leaves, feathers and more for the stew.
This activity is great for –
- Connecting children to literature
- Inspiring them to be creative and hands on
- Developing fine motor skills
- Making memories
- Learning about Australian wildlife
- Australian nature and more!
As you can imagine, Boo had so much fun throwing in all the ingredients and creating her very own Wombat Stew. It certainly wasn’t something you’d want your child to taste, but it was fun watching the ingredients come together and hear her singing the song that the Dingo sang whilst making his own in the book.
Would your child have fun making Wombat Stew?
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Stela Tan says
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