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Presbyterian Ladies' College - Vic

Year 6

Teacher: Annie Belleville

Gumnut Babies


This Term we have been reading to the children the classic Australian story, ‘The Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie’ by May Gibbs. A few days after starting this we ventured outside. One of the children noticed some fallen gumnuts on the ground. She quickly gathered them up and enthusiastically said to the Teacher “Look at these gumnuts, maybe we could make our own gumnut babies.” And so our project began. The next day we scoured the school grounds for natural materials with which to create our own Gumnut Babies.

You will need

• Gumnuts (a variety of sizes is good)

• Gumnut caps

• Seedpods

• Leaves

• Pieces of branches cut into small sections

• Wattle or other gum blossom

• Sticks

• Clay

• Small bowl of water (to help make the clay more pliable)

• Glue gun and glue sticks

• A copy of ‘The Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie’ by May Gibbs

What to do

Lay out all the materials attractively with provocations of pictures from the story to inspire the children.

Using gumnuts or seedpods for the body create the gumnut babies. Clay can be used to create head’s, wattle or other gum blossom could be used for the hair and gumnut caps for a hat. Leaves could be turned into beds or blankets for the ‘babies’. A glue gun can be used if necessary.

The options are endless and only limited by yours and the children’s imagination.

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