Here's a challenge! Complete the picture of the strange Australian animal, the echidna, by copying the parts that are missing from the full picture below. Now how about colouring him in?
The echidna is an extraoardinary mammal which has survived since prehistoric times and is therefore one of the world's oldest species. Also known as the spiny anteater, echidnas look similar to the hedgehog because they are covered with spines but they can be much bigger. They can dig - fast, if they have to get out of the way of danger - and will dig themselves into a hole in the ground or curl up into a ball if threatened.
Fun fact: an echidna baby is called a puggle!
We've got notebooking pages and a mini booklet to use for your echidna research, as well as other fun printable activities - scroll down for the downloads.
Echidna's are quite an unusual animal and quite a difficult word to spell too! Perhaps writing an acrostic poem about them will complement what the children have learned about these funny animals, and help them learn how to spell 'Echidna' too!
Print, fold and write in this cute little mini booklet, with all the facts you know about echidnas! Choose from lined or blank and click the links below for our high quality printable versions. You will need instructions for our origami booklets, which you can find here:
This fun colouring page has an echidna on it! Echidnas live in Australia and although this animal eats ants, it isn't related to the anteater. All interesting facts you can discuss while the colouring goes on!
Making a jigsaw is a great activity as it involves several stages which children can be involved in. Choose your jigsaw template and print both the picture and template. Cut out and then complete! This jigsaw features an echidna, a prickly creature from Australia.
Use our echidna notebooking pages to study this unique Australian animal, or perhaps to write a story. Choose from two designs. Click on the links below to download a printable version.
I had never heard of the echidna until I started Activity Village, and I certainly couldn't guess what it looked like! Here's a poster to print - available with word and without.
Here's a poster of the unusual-looking echidna, a spiny animal found in Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea, to print and use in displays.
Tracing is great for practising writing instrument control. Complete the picture of this echidna by tracing around the outline with your pen, pencil, or finger!