5 Ways to Celebrate Hairy-Nosed Day


Celebrate HairyNosed Day

It’s Hairy-Nosed Day tomorrow, Thursday 11 May, and we’ve pulled together 5 great ways you and your students can get involved.  

The Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombat is the flagship species for Hairy-Nosed Day and every year on May 11, workplaces and schools get involved to raise awareness on endangered species.

For more information, visit the official Wombat Foundation website: http://www.wombatfoundation.com.au/hairy-nosed-day.html 

Some activities below are taken from: http://www.wombatfoundation.com.au/hairy-nosed-day.html

1. WIN

For your chance to win a selection of picture books by the Wombat Foundation’s Director and beloved author, Jackie French, tell us using the form below which is your favourite wombat story or wombat activity. Hurry, the competition is only running on Hairy-Nosed Day!

Click here to view the T&Cs.

***This Competition is now closed***

Congratulations to our lucky winner Paul K.


The Hairy-Nosed Wombats Find a New Home is a charmingly humorous picture book for young children about the endangered hairy nosed wombat and the search for a new home for them.

ISBN: 9780732295486




A delightful and entertaining peek into the life of one very busy wombat!

ISBN: 9780207199950



The much-loved sequel to the bestselling Diary of a Wombat. He sleeps. He eats. He gets bored. He creates havoc wherever he goes! He’s Mothball’s baby – and he’s even cuter, naughtier and more determined than his mum.

ISBN: 9780732286958


When Mothball discovers a new hole, it unexpectedly leads her to the local school.

ISBN: 9780732295493


Created by author Jackie French and illustrator Bruce Whatley, this delightfully funny book celebrates the love and joy that being a grandma can bring.

ISBN: 9780732299590


It’s Christmas! And it’s Christmas for Mothball the Wombat, too. She eats, she sleeps, she scratches, but on Christmas Eve …

ISBN: 9780732291723

3. Create

Make your very own ‘Hairy Nose’ mask

Template: www.wombatfoundation.com.au/hairy-nosed-day.html

  • Use the template to create a wombat face out of cardboard.
  • Cut a piece of an egg carton for a nose and furry fabric for hair, and use double-sided tape or Blu-tack attach to your mask.
  • Use pipe cleaners, vanilla beans etc. for whiskers, which can be poked through the cardboard, OR draw on whiskers using an eyebrow pencil.
    (BEWARE indelible pens or the wearer may be wearing wombat whiskers for weeks)

Printable Wombat Mask: www.mothernatured.com/?s=printable+wombat+mask


Make a ‘Hairy Nose’ paper plate wombat

Instructions can be found HERE ©2016, Digital by Design Inc










Jackie’s famous Hairy-Nosed truffle recipe!


100g dark chocolate
2tb butter or margarine
2tb cream
1 ¾ cups icing sugar (not icing mixture)
1 cup ground almonds
¼ cup cocoa
1 pk slivered almonds
4 strips of liquorice or other whiskers to taste
Optional: rum or glacé fruit


Place dark chocolate and butter in microwave for 30 seconds, take it out and press, it should be just melted but hold its shape. (Do not overcook it, as it will turn gritty and horrible.)

Stir in icing sugar, almonds and rum/ glacé fruit (optional). Roll into balls and roll each ball in cocoa.

Place the balls on a tray. Add two slivered almonds side by side for the giant nostrils, and whiskers on each side.

Store in a sealed container in the fridge. Makes about 20 small or 15 large hairy noses.

NB: These are gluten free, and by using coconut cream and dairy-free margarine, can also vegan.



For more activities and resources for teachers, visit the links below: 




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