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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.

JUMPING KANGAROO FACTS

  • 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 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.
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These were a couple we spotted on a bush walk a few kilometres from home.

JUMPING KANGAROO PROJECT

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Ready to hop off into an adventure.

MATERIALS

  • Suction cup with spring – you can find these online
  • Jumping kangaroo template – get yours here.
  • Thin cardboard
  • Printer
  • Glue
  • Pencils/crayons
  • Scissors

METHOD

  • 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.
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  • 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 jumping kangaroo shapes together, with the spring suction cap in the centre.
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TIP: Use paper clips to keep your roos in place while the glue is drying.
  • 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.