When you think of Australian animals, kangaroos are one of the first ones that ‘hop’ to mind!
Having spent over a decade working in zoos here in Australia, I’m pretty familiar with these big, gentle marsupials. If your child likes kangaroos too—or if you just want to provide some encouragement for them to jump around and burn off some energy!—then I think you’ll like these kangaroo mask printables.
Choose from either the Eastern Grey kangaroo or the Red kangaroo.
How to make your kangaroo mask
- Download the file and print it off. If you don’t have cardstock to print on, glue the paper to some thin cardboard to give it a bit more durability. Old cereal boxes are great for this.
- Cut out your mask.
- Make holes in the side and attach elastic, string or ribbon for keeping it on your child’s head.
- If possible, head outside with your new mask for some fun in the fresh air!
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How to play with your kangaroo mask
With any luck, that’s all it will take for your little one to engage in some imaginary play, but if they need some encouragement, here’s a few ways to act like a kangaroo.
- Jump with feet together and hands held up close to the chest like little paws.
- Put a ‘joey’ in your ‘pouch’ by tucking a soft toy into the waistband of your pants or skirt.
- Bend down to nibble on the grass.
- Lie down on your side in the shade, propped up on one elbow like a roo having a rest.
- Pretend to escape a dingo by doing the biggest hops you can!
If your child is loving all this kangaroo play and wants to learn more, you could look for books at the library about kangaroos, visit a zoo with kangaroos or wallabies or learn more about red kangaroos and Eastern Grey kangaroos.