Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – how to make a jumping kangaroo.
How high can a kangaroo jump? Sometimes up to three times their height!
In one leap a kangaroo can jump three metres high and more than eight metres long.
This little jumping kangaroo won’t reach those heights but will be sure to entertain the children.
- There are four species of kangaroo, the Red, Antilopine, Eastern Grey and Western Grey Kangaroo.
- Red Kangaroos are the largest marsupial and can grow up to two metres and weigh 90 kg. They can out-pace a racehorse, reaching a top speed of more than 65 m/h.
- Kangaroos are the only large animal to use hopping as their primary method of locomotion.
- Kangaroos can’t move backwards. The Australian coat of arms features the emu and the kangaroo: two animals that can only move forwards as symbols of national progress.
- Kangaroos use their muscular tail for balance when jumping and also for swimming.
- On land kangaroos only ever move their hind legs together, however, in the water they kick each leg independently to swim.
- Female kangaroos can determine the sex of their offspring, according to conditions.
- They can even delay gestation when environmental factors threaten the survival of their young.
JUMPING KANGAROO PROJECT
- Suction cup with spring – you can find these online
- Jumping kangaroo template – get yours here.
- Thin cardboard
- Print out the jumping kangaroo template on the thin cardboard. Or be extra creative and draw your own.
- Fold the cardboard so the printout or drawing has blank cardboard behind it.
- Cut out the shape so that you have two identical jumping kangaroo shapes.
- Keeping the shapes together, colour and decorate one side, adding facial features.
- Flip the pair over and colour and decorate the other side.
- Separate the jumping kangaroo shapes and cover each with glue (on the blank sides).
- Attach the two kangaroo shapes together, with the spring suction cap in the centre.
- Push the suction cap down and watch your kangaroo jump.
If you love Aussie animals you may want to try these koala crafts.
Happy crafting and have a gleeful week, Tamuria.