Platypus Fun Facts

The puppet sewing pattern of the month is the…..platypus!  To celebrate we have a FREE coloring page you can download.

You are wondering, why the platypus?    It has come to our attention that the more unusual animals are making their way into children’s books.  Animals like….platypus, wombat, sloth, to name a few, are now being featured as characters in kids’ books and other media.  As an example, Perry the Platypus is a character from the popular Phineas and Ferb show.

Platypus Fun Facts

What makes the platypus so unusual is that it has a duck’s bill and feet, an otter’s body and fur and a beaver’s tail.  In fact when scientists first studied it back in late 1800’s to early 1900’s, they thought it was a hoax.

  • They are about 16 to 20 inches long
  • They are from Australia
  • They are mammals but lay eggs like birds
  • They find food at the bottom of lakes and rivers where they live
  • They eat insects and crustaceans
  • They are active at night

photo credit: Malcolm NQ Platypus 9489 via photopin (license)

Platypus Activities

In our next blog we’ll be sharing some ideas and links for some platypus activities that we found.  As a bonus we have a free pattern for the kids to make their own platypus paper bag puppet.

Until then, enjoy our free download of a platypus coloring page for the kids to color!

You can buy the Platypus Puppet Sewing Pattern here.  It is available as a digital download so you can start sewing immediately.  Each pattern has step by step instructions and free video tutorial to make sewing even easier!  Beginner sewists have complimented us on how easy they found our instructions to follow.