Contributed by Leanne Guenther
This is a great cut and paste paper craft project for learning about Australia. It includes some symbolic icons, the flag and a map of Australia.
This turns out to be quite a large project (about 25 inches x 25 inches) and there are lots of templates to print.
Note: If you'd like a smaller project (both in size and time) do a 4 square quilt instead of a 9 square quilt: only print templates 1, 2, 4 and 5.
Alternatively, you might like to have a group of children
each make a quilt piece or two and then assembling everyone's
pieces into one quilt.
Image 1: The kangaroo is a marsupial and the national animal of Australia.
Image 2: The boomerang is a simple weapon that's been used in Australia for 10,000 years. The boomerang is mostly used for sport now. It is shaped in such a way that if you throw it properly it will return to you.
Image 3: The emu is the national bird of Australia. It is the largest bird native to Australia and the only living member of the genus Dromaius. Although emus cannot fly, they can travel great distances at a fast trot and can sprint at 50 km/h (31 mph)
Image 4: Sydney Opera House is a famous Australian building and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It houses multiple performance venues. As one of the busiest performing arts centres in the world, the Sydney Opera House provides a venue for many performing arts companies including the four key resident companies Opera Australia, The Australian Ballet, the Sydney Theatre Company and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Image 5: Australia's flag has a blue field with the Union Flag in the upper left quarter and a large white seven-pointed star known as the Commonwealth Star in the lower left quarter and the Southern Cross on the right hand side.
Image 6: Australia's national flower is the golden wattle. It is a tree which flowers in late winter and spring, producing a mass of fragrant, fluffy, golden flowers.
Image 7: Australia has a lot of sheep and cattle farms.
Image 8: Australia is a country in the Southern Hemisphere comprising the large island continent of Australia, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Australia has 6 states and 2 major territories.
Image 9: The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven national wonders of the world. The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,600 kilometres (1,600 mi) over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres (133,000 sq mi). The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland in north-east Australia. The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space and is the world's biggest single structure made by living organisms. This reef structure is composed of and built by billions of tiny organisms, known as coral polyps.