Whether you have planned a bushwalk with the children or are doing some project work on the Australian bush, reading A walk in the bush captures the beauty of the Australian bush in detail. Sounds, smells and sights of common animals of the Australian bush are wonderfully described and illustrated, the reader can almost hear the cockatoos and magpies sing, smell the eucalyptus of a scrunched-up leaf and see a wallaby skip across the bush.
There are many topics you could touch on, e.g., whether the animals featured in the story are found anywhere else in the world. This could lead to an investigation of the natural habitat of the animals in the book. Are there other animals the children can think of that live in the bush but cannot be seen during the day? Where are these nocturnal animals during the day?
You could collect different leaves and sort them by shape and colour. You could also explore the different smells of the different leaves. Ask the children if they have smelled some of the scents before.
With our book recommendations, we want to spark an interest in children to discover STEM in their everyday lives. Most books go beyond the obvious STEM connections and can be a great starting point for exploring children’s questions and ideas further.
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Article author: Tina Gaertner
Graphic Design & Marketing Support
Tina combines her love of graphic design with a master’s degree in adult education. She loves using her creativity and digital expertise to contribute to changing young children’s lives.