Monday, July 30, 2012

Koala Lou - Scavenger Hunt for Kids

'Koala Lou' is a lovely story, by Australian author Mem Fox. The main character of the book, Koala Lou, decides to compete in the Bush Olympics, in an attempt to gain the attention of her busy mother. A background summary of how Mem Fox came to write this story can be read on her website

My daughter loves this book, and it has been read numerous times to her over the last three years since her grandparents gave it to her as a gift. 

Here's a Koala Lou Scavenger Hunt to do with your kids. 

Below are the verses and clues to write onto cards to use along with the book. The aim at the end will be to find and collect all of the supplies hidden, and for my daughter to decorate her own hat to wear to the Bush Olympics, just like the book characters in the below illustration by Pamela Lofts.

Clue 1 
This Bush Olympics Scavenger Hunt 
is for a 'baby koala so soft and round'.
Underneath the cushion in the playroom on the ground,
some fabric treasures can be found.

Clue 2 
'Koala Lou, I do love you',
Now look near the bookshelf
for some brightly coloured pieces of ribbon,
maybe one, maybe two

Clue 3
One night you had a 'splendid idea'.
You would enter the Bush Olympics and have no fear.
Hop on over to your cubby for a wonderful surprise,
One of your toys is inside, wearing a wonderful disguise

Clue 4 
'The spectators roared, clapped and stamped their feet'
Search near the lounge for feathers you will meet!

Clue 4 
You 'cried' your 'heart out' when you did not win
Your 'mother had flung her arms around your neck'
and she 'hugged' you 'for a very long time'.
Go to the Lego box to find lots of buttons,
all different shapes and colours, but every one divine.

To finish the activity .....
'Koala Lou, I do love you,
I always have and I always will'
Now together, let's make an exciting hat,
a decorated hat, for your head to fill!

Little Ladybird


  1. How brilliantly creative are you Tash. This is a wonderful idea. I love it.

  2. Totally agree with Jackie... so very, very creative!!! Have fun with the scavenger hunt and the hat making afterwards...

  3. How fun! She'll have a great time looking for all the clues. Thanks for sharing at Etcetorize this week!

  4. What a beautiful idea Tash! Hope you have fun with the scavenger hunt - and do show us all the hat your daughter makes too!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  5. This is awesome! Personally I've always loved scavenger hunts and can't wait to do something similar with my daughter. :-) Thanks for sharing!

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