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Wombat stew interactive story and activities

In this classic Australian picture book, a dingo catches a wombat and wants to cook him in a stew. But all the other bush animals have a plan to save their friend.

Wombat Stew Humanities Activities  


  • How do we know this story is based in Australia?
  • Where do you think you should put your map marker for this story?
  • Did you know there are no Koalas in Tasmania or WA?
  • Platypus are only found on the east coast of Australia including Tasmania.


  • The animals are friends to the wombat; they save his life.
    How can we be a good friend to others?

History and Environmental planning

The Dingo Fence or the Rabbit Proof Fence is longer than the Great Wall of China. It is 5,320 km.

It was originally built to keep out the rabbits but that didn’t work. Now it is called The Dingo Fence or Dog Fence.

Wombat Stew Art Activities

Art Medium

The illustrations in this book are probably water colour and watercolour pencils. Can you identify the different mediums?

literature unit study

Shapes and Drawing

Look at the page where the emu is adding the feathers to the pot. Have your child make out the shapes in the emu. They should be able to identify a diamond, four ovals, and a cylinder.

Using tracing paper have them trace the picture in the book following the shape. When finished, place tracing paper under a clean sheet of paper and hold the two sheets up against a light filled window. Trace the tracing onto a clean sheet of paper. Once traced, look at the original illustration and add some details.

Wombat Stew Science-based Activities  

Do a little research into one of the following areas;

Nature Study-Australian animals mentioned in the story.

Chemistry- Make a stew.

Bush craft- How can you cook your food in the bush? Discuss  safe handling of fire in the bush.

Poisons-What should you eat. What makes something poisonous.



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