jumping kangaroo picture

 

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.

 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 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 picture
These were a couple we spotted on a bushwalk a few kilometres from home.

JUMPING KANGAROO PROJECT

 

jumping kangaroo picture
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.

 

jumping kangaroo picture

 

 

  • 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.

 

jumping kangaroo picture
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.

 

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