Activity and Book Review: Snugglepot and Cuddlepie for a new generation

Snugglepot and Cuddlepie are back for a new generation of children to enjoy. I just loved them as a child, and I was thrilled to come across some newly released Snugglepot and Cuddlepie titles.


Snugglepot and Cuddlepie are well known characters for Australian parents. For those of you who didn’t grow up reading about their adventures, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie are two babies born of Australian fauna. They are known as gumnut babies and they enjoy many adventures in the Australian bush while getting to know native animals and magical creatures.

The various tales of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie were originally written and illustrated by May Gibbs in the early 20th century as short stories for older children. Now these new picture books allow parents to share the magic and wonder of these gumnut babies with their young children.

Scroll to the bottom of this post for book details.


Reading activity: Gumnut Baby Hide and Seek

After reading Where are Snugglepot and Cuddlepie?, we felt inspired to play our own game of Gumnut Baby Hide and Seek.

What you need:

  • Gumnuts (large and small)
    • Pom poms
    • Glue
    • Googly eyes

    By gluing pom poms to gumnuts and adding some googly eyes, we made three of our own gumnut babies (the smaller gumnuts were used as hats):

    After some drying time, our gumnut babies were ready to play hide and seek:

    On a rainy day, we hid them inside the house. Giving each other clues, we searched the house for our gumnut babies:

    On a sunnier day we took our gumnut babies outside.  The area was much larger, making the game a little more difficult so we borrowed an idea from Playschool and played a game of colour camouflage. We hid the gumnut babies near something of the same colour.


    This was a simple but fun activity. Most importantly though I’m excited to have introduced Cam to these quintessential Australian literary characters.

    Snugglepot and Cuddlepie book reviews/details:

    Meet Snugglepot and Cuddlepie

    Teamed with May Gibbs’ classic illustrations, this abridged picture book is a lovely introduction to the adventures of these two adorable gumnut babies.
    Living in the tallest gum tree, the gumnut babies ask Mrs Kookaburra to tell them a story about humans. Fascinated by the story, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie set out on an adventure to find a human.
    They meet many creatures along the way, but eventually, and from a distance, they spot a friendly human……‘And so began the adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie.’

    By May Gibbs

    ISBN: 978-1742830209

    Format: Hardcover

    Publisher: Scholastic Australia, May 2012

    RRP: $19.99
    Suitable for ages: 3+

    Where are Snugglepot and Cuddlepie?

    This is the book that inspired our Gumnut Baby Hide and Seek. It is another book that introduces very young children to the gumnut babies and to other characters that feature in the tales.

    May Gibbs’ whimsical illustrations have been used to create a simple lift-the-flap book in which Snugglepot and Cuddlepie play a game of hide and seek with some of their native friends. Ladybird, lizard, platypus and possum can all be found hiding behind ferns, Christmas Bells, rocks, flannel flowers, leaves and, of course, gumnuts.

    By May Gibbs

    ISBN: 978-1742831664

    Format: Paperback

    Publisher: Scholastic Australia, August 2012

    RRP: $9.99

    Suitable for ages: 1+

    Also available is a series of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie concept board books, each valued at $9.99. The series includes the following titles: 123, First Words, Opposites and Colours.


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    1. These are so cute. We don’t have gumnuts, but we could substitute acorns or chestnuts.

    2. Can you send some gum nuts my way? I just can’t seem to find any and I love this activity. I remember doing it when I was little, as well as reading the wonderful Snugglepot and Cuddle pie books!

    3. So happy to have read this post because I saw these books in the bookstore and got a chance to check them out. Love reading about all the books you share and then finding them “out there.” :)

    4. Your gumnut babies are so cute, my girls would love them. I will be keeping a look out for some.

    5. I adore Snugglepot and Cuddiepie. I need to keep my eye out for some gum nuts. Thank you for the inspiration. Pinning. xoxo p

      • We found them when we weren’t officially ‘looking’. Found them on the nature strip. Good luck with your gumnut hunting.

    6. Snuggle Pot and Cuddle Pie is one of our favourite books!
      We have an old falling apart version with beautiful pictures that was mine when I was a child… so well loved!
      Must go hunting form some more and varied gumnuts since our last lot are now all filled with dried play dough! LOL

    7. This is absolutely gorgeous Jackie! I really enjoy reading about all the fun things you get up to with books. We have started collecting gum nuts now!!

    8. Jackie I love your gumnut babies!! I fondly remember reading about their adventures as a kid, although I was a bit scared of the Banksia men! Pinning now :-) Thanks so much for sharing, I’ll have to get us a copy.

    9. I loved those books…and your little gumnuts are just adorable and speak of childhood whimsy…lovely pics!!

    10. That is so adorable! I love the pic of the gumnut babies in the red shoe. So sweet.

    11. Gorgeous. I have fond memories of reading snugglepot and cuddlepie as a young girl myself. I look forward to sharing them with my kids soon :)

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