At the end of last week we read Mem Fox’s Possum Magic. This is a delightful tale about Grandma Poss and Hush. Grandma Poss dabbles in bush magic and she turns Hush invisible to protect her from snakes. But one day poor Hush decides she wants to be seen again. Grandma Poss looks through all her magic books but can’t find the spell to reverse Hush’s invisibility. She remembers that it has something to do with food and so the two possums set off on a quest across Australia trying different Aussie foods in different places. They finally find the right combination of foods and Hush becomes visible once again.
We made our own paper plate possums. We painted two different sized paper plates the day before so they would be dry the following day. We used a template for the rest of the possum. You can download a copy here: possum template (Please note: It’s an old photocopied template so the quality is quite poor). We coloured most of the parts grey and the nose and inner ears pink. Once we’d coloured them we cut them out and glued them to our paper plates. Once they were dry we stuck a few of them in the tree we’d set up in the camping dramatic play area.
I had to laugh when one child asked why there were cats in the tree! I said, “Hmm, actually they’re possums!” Maybe I need to make better connections between the mat session and the activity we completed. I must say that they are very cat like though!