Fantastical creatures

Fantastical creatures © Steve Shattuck

Creating your own weird wildlife with this collaborative ‘Creature consequences’ lesson.

The platypus looks like a fantastical creature, with the bill of a duck, the webbed feet of an otter and fur rather than feathers – he could easily have been made up by a group of children! Why not challenge children to create their own fantastical creatures in art? Nature offers plenty of inspiration and there are lots of unusual creatures that will fire children’s imaginations. Children may have encountered some on visits to wildlife parks – giraffes and tapirs for instance – but if you search for photographs online you will come across some more unusual examples of weird-looking wildlife. As a starting point, try looking for images of the following species: axolotl, star-nosed mole, sea pig, pink fairy armadillo. Or you could limit your search to Australia – the platypus is not the only strange-looking species native to the country.

Do you want read more and download resources?

Buy a Springboard Stories subscription for just £3.95 a month*.

Or you can subscribe to individual topics.

Or Log in if you already subscribe.

Springboard Stories primary topic

*There are discounts for Students and NQTs and all subscriptions are paid annually.

Australia resources

  • All
  • Activity Sheet
  • Art
  • Audio
  • Drama
  • Ebook
  • FREE
  • Geography
  • History
  • Learning To Learn
  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Music
  • Outdoor Play
  • Reward
  • Science
  • Story Resource
  • Template
  • Video
  • Whiteboard
  • Default
  • Title
  • Random

Australia TH

Don't miss out

Subscribe to all of our stories and topics for the equivalent of just £3.95 a month.

Remember subscribers get 15% off everything in our shop.

Look for resources...

Wide Miss Whacky Top

Wide Miss Whacky Middle

Wide Miss Whacky Bottom

paid annually

Call or fax 248

Start your topic with How the platypus got his shape, an Antipodean creation tale that looks at friendship and supplies the perfect context for looking at Australia. 


Subscribe to the Australia topic for just £14.95! (less than £1.25 a month)