Turn your Kids into Kangaroos in 30 seconds!

Just when you thought we left the South Pacific, we're back! The kangaroo is a marsupial (an animal that carried its young in a pouch). That's such a fun word to say...marsupial. Kangaroos are built for jumping. They have large, strong hind legs and a long tail they use for balance. 

"Kangaroo-in-flight" by PanBK at Wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - Link

"Kangaroo-in-flight" by PanBK at Wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - Link

Young kangaroos are called "joeys."

Activity:

This activity is a quick way to have a little fun. Put an apron on your child. Pull the hem of the apron up to form a pouch. Using clothespins or binder clips, secure the hem so the pouch will remain in place when you let go. Let your child pick his or her favorite (small) stuffed animal to be a joey. Put the joey in the pouch and then you can both hop around the house like kangaroos! Kangaroos are herbivores (they only eat plants) so this could be a good time to have a healthy vegetable for a snack. If you would like to serve as a crossing guard when your child hops around the house, print and cut out this sign so you can warn "traffic" in your hallway!

"Kangaroo Sign at Stuart Highway" by Jpp - Made by Jpp. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - Link

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