There are very few animals as interesting as the Australian kangaroo. And this kangaroo craft has one of the most interesting parts of this special animal…the pouch. First make mama kangaroo, and then give her a little joey to carry in the pouch. There are free templates for each of these wonderful animals.
As always, I want to encourage you to really use your imagination when making your kangaroo craft. The pictures you see here are only a guideline. But if you prefer to make your kangaroo bright pink or orange with purple polka dots…or whatever…go ahead! This is your craft, and you should make it your own. The only limit is your imagination. There is no wrong way to craft.
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SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- Paper plate (9-inch coated)
- Brown paint
- White and black paint
- Pompoms (various sizes to use for painting)
- Glue stick
- Brown construction paper
- Black metal brad
- Stapler with staples
- Black Sharpie marker
- Kangaroo craft template
If you have been around this site for very long, you know that we do things a little differently here. It’s our mission to make crafting accessible. And that means keeping cost down, reducing the burden on parents and really maintaining focus on the kids.
To do this, we have developed a unique strategy…every single craft we make is made using the same master list of basic supplies. Each of the items has been carefully curated (like a capsule wardrobe for crafting) to be versatile, inexpensive, and promotes creativity. Even better…everything fits in one bag that you can take along with your wherever you go.
Step 1: Prep the Paper Plate
- With the paper plate facing like you are going to put food on it, cut it in half.
- Then take the right side and cut off the top third.
Step 2: Paint the Kangaroo Paper Plate Craft
- Lay out some newspaper so that you do not make a mess with the paint.
- Place the paper plate half on the newspaper face up. Then lay the other partial half plate on the newspaper bottom side up.
- Squeeze out some brown paint.
- Then pinch the pompom with a clothespin to make you “paint brush”.
- Paint the plate halves with the brown paint and give them some time to dry while you move on to step 3. *When I painted mine they required 2 coats for good coverage.
Step 3: Use the Kangaroo Craft Template
- Print the kangaroo template.
- Then use the template to make the parts of your kangaroo.
- Cut one tail, one head, 2 back leads and 2 front paws.
Step 4: Staple Together Your Kangaroo Pouch Craft
- Now that your paint has dried, sandwich the pieces of the paper plate together, face to face to form a pouch.
- Use your stapler to secure it in place.
Step 5: Glue the Kangaroo Craft Together
- Use the glue stick to attach the parts of your kangaroo craft according to the picture below.
Step 6: Add Some Details
- Now that you have your kangaroo put together, let’s give him a little bit of detail.
- Either on the newspaper or on the bit of paper plate you have left, squeeze out a little white and black paint. (I also used a little bit of ochre yellow.)
- Then use a pompom to tape paint on some white details.
- Finally give your kangaroo a black nose, around the eye, ear details and tips on his feet and paw.
Step 7: Finish Off Your Kangaroo Art and Craft
- Our final step for this kangaroo is to give him an eye.
- If you have a black metal brad, use that. If not, paint one black and give it a minute to dry.
- Take your black metal brad and gently push it through the paper for his eye.
Bonus Step: Make Little Joey
- As a bonus, print out the second template which has a little joey.
- Use the template to cut the joey out of brown construction paper.
- Then add details just like you did with mama kangaroo.
- Once the paint has dried, slide little joey into his mama’s pouch.
Now that you know how to make this completely adorable kangaroo craft with a pouch for little joey, don’t stop there. Check out these other animal crafts that you will love. Making a craft shouldn’t be something that you do, put aside and forget about it. Instead, tell some stories, play some games, make a puppet show or whatever you want to do to play with your animal crafts.