Get ready to have a corker of an Australia Day! Make this Aussie cork slouch hat, help your children learn about our native wildlife as you decorate cardboard animal cutouts to hang as a mobile, create bird cups, paper plate animal faces or re-create one of Australia's iconic landmarks, the Opera House. 

Cork hat

To get started you will need:

Step by step:

  • Cut eight pieces of twine about 12cm long.
  • Tie one end of each piece of string to a cork.
  • Tape the other end of each piece of string under the brimof the top hat. Try to space the strings out evenly.

Wooden native animal mobile

To get started you will need

Step by step

  • Choose four animals and colour them with paint, markers or pencils. If using paint, wait until your animals are dry before moving to the next step.
  • Make a cross with two pop sticks and glue together to secure.
  • Cut one piece of string in each of the following lengths: 20cm, 25cm, 30cm and 35cm.
  • Tie one end of the string around each end of the pop sticks, sticky tape the other end to the top of each animal and your mobile is ready to be hung.

Native bird pencil cup / money box 

To get started you will need

Step by step

  • Cut a piece of foam the same height as the money box or pencil cup, and long enough to wrap around it and join at the back. Glue the foam in place.
  • Cut a beak shape out of the foam sheet and glue in the centre of the bird’s face.
  • Cut a crest shape out of foam and glue to the top edge of the money box or pencil cup. Use a colour that suits your chosen bird, or try using a crazy mix of colours for fun!
  • Select some feathers and sticky tape to the sides of your bird.
  • Continue all the way around the back if you wish.
  • Glue on wiggle eyes or draw them on with black marker.

Opera House

To get started you will need

Step by step

  • Cut three paper plates in half. Take each half and cut a little more off the straight edge, cutting in a curve to create a slight crescent shape.
  • Arrange the crescents overlapping on the paper then cut the bottom point off each one to create a straight edge and glue down.
  • Cut a sheet of blue cellophane into strips about 2cm wide.
  • Glue the strips of cellophane across the bottom of the paper, slightly overlapping to give a watery effect.
  • Draw some birds in the sky with glitter paint, you could also use markers or pencils.
  • Glue a yellow patty pan in the sky for the sun.

Native animal faces

To get started you will need

Step by step

  • If you are making a koala, mix white and black paint together in a 1:1 ratio and paint your plate. For a wombat, paint your plate brown.
  • Cut white ears and a black oval nose from the foam for the koala. Cut ears and a nose from brown foam for the wombat. Glue the pieces offoam to the paper plate.
  • Choose some wiggle eyes and stick to your animal face.