You are invited to download the platypus pack – learning printables for preschool and kindergarten children. Use this resource with clear true-to-life images and photographs to create hands-on science activities for your students. Children will learn stages of the platypus life cycle, and parts of a platypus, practice sequencing skills, and work to improve their concentration and fine motor skills. This resource will come in handy when exploring the Australia/Oceania unit, and learning about vertebrates and mammals.
This resource contains a ‘Platypus life cycle’ poster, worksheet, 3-part cards, and Parts of a Platypus printables. This printable will be a great addition to your shelf activities if you are planning to talk about Australia, and have students who are fascinated with mammals and animals that are different from all the other creatures in their class.
The platypus is a duck-billed animal native to Australia. It is a semi-aquatic, egg-laying mammal. A couple of fascinating facts – platypuses, just like echidnas, don’t have stomachs. And their bills are incredibly sensitive and can detect electric fields of living things. So platypuses can hunt solely relying on their beaks.
Here is what’s included
Platypus life cycle poster
Platypus life cycle 3 part cards
Platypus life cycle coloring, cutting, and pasting worksheet
Platypus life cycle tracing strips
Parts of a Platypus poster
Parts of a Platypus poster minus labels
Parts of a Platypus labels
Parts of a Platypus tracing
Age: Preschool ages 3 – 6 years
Subjects and uses in the classroom:Mammals study, Animals of Australia, Nature Table, Science Centers, Fine motor, Prewriting.
How to Use:
Parts of a Platypus – Gather books on Australian animals for children to explore. Print posters and label cards on cardstock and laminate. Cut individual label cards.
Attach clear velcro to the poster without labels and label cards. Velco will come especially handy if you decide to take your work outdoors. Having an additional challenge for little fingers is always welcomed when working with young children!
Present the poster – name all parts and invite the students to share their thoughts on the various functions of each part. Then read each label and invite the student to match it to the corresponding part of the platypus’ body.
Life Cycle poster – print on cardstock and laminate. Present all stages of the life cycle. Invite the children to retell them or tell their own story that features all the stages.
3- part cards – Print on cardstock and laminate if you wish to preserve colors and card quality for future use. Place picture cards in a column and invite the children to match the picture to the picture and the word to the word.
Life cycle line art – supply scissors, glue, and coloring pencils. Invite the student to color and cut cards and glue them into the correct sequence.
Tracing and coloring worksheets – print on cardstock and laminate. Supply an erasable pen. Invite the child to trace the words and color corresponding images. Alternatively, print pages on regular printing paper and slide them into plastic pockets.
This unit study of Australia Oceania contains hands-on resources to teach students about unique aspects of the continent while developing their concentration, logical thinking, comprehension skills, reading and so much more.
All resources are designed to adapt to each individual student and fit your classroom needs. Students will learn about different cultural, geographical aspects of the continent, and the diversity of wildlife.
This list of resources is a great addition to your continent boxes and art/cultural display area. Preschool Australia Oceania – themed activities are designed to develop fine motor and other important skills of young learners.
Here is what’s included:
Map of Oceania for coloring
Animals of Australia pin poking and tracing exercise (15 animals)
Animals of Australia coloring and tracing exercise (15 animals)
Animals of Australia cutting strips (one page)
3 Groups of Mammals – monotremes, marsupials, and placentals poster, 3 x label cards, 13 x Australian animal cards
Color matching clip cards with flags of the Oceania countries (16 cards)
Matching clip cards with traditional outfits of Oceania (16 labeled cards)
Matching quantity to numerals clip cards with native plants of Oceania themed clipart (8 labeled cards)
Shape matching clip cards with landmarks of Oceania (8 labeled cards)
Lacing cards Australia themed clipart images (4 cards)
Introduction to Australia (4 picture posters and label cards featuring photographs)
45 Animals of Australia and Oceania – 3 Part Montessori Nomenclature Cards and Information Cards – Common mammals, birds and arthropods found across Australia and Oceania – 3 Part Montessori Nomenclature
20 + Australia/Oceania Introduction Cards
4 Maps of Australia with states territories and their flags
Land and Water Forms of Australia/Oceania Sorting Activity:
island/lake, cape/bay, peninsula/gulf, strait/isthmus, a system of lakes/archipelago.
20 Animals of Australia / Oceania Nomenclature Cards.
20 Fact Cards – Animals of Australia / Oceania (dingo, echidna, red kangaroo, crocodile, rainbow lorikeet, frilled neck lizard, cassowary, koala, kiwi, eastern brown snake, possum, bluebottle jellyfish, fairy penguin, Tasmanian devil, kookaburra, wombat, tasselled wobbegong, platypus, blue tongue lizard)
Parts of a Koala Nomenclature Cards with definitions and “My Parts of a Koala” Book Printable
Life Cycle of a Koala
Animals of the Great Barrier Reef for matching with labels
Australian Children’s Rhymes Book with 7 classic Australian Children’s Rhymes
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