How The Kangaroo Got Her Pouch

Why?

Indigenous Australians have their own stories about how things came to be. This is one of them. Wombat, who was a god in disguise, was treated kindly by a mother kangaroo. Wombat was very thankful and offered her a way of keeping her joey close by – a pouch on her belly to carry him in. The mother kangaroo accepted and asked that the same gift be given to the other marsupials. This craft activity can be used in conjunction with reading the Dreamtime story, How the kangaroo got her pouch.

What you need?

  • Kangaroo template on cardboard
  • Felt
  • Coloured pencils or paint
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Googley eyes

Instructions

1. Cut out the kangaroo template (help if the children ask for it).

2. Colour-in the kangaroo.

3. Add the googley eyes.

4. Cut a piece of felt or leather and glue around three sides and place on the kangaroo’s stomach area to resemble a pouch.

Extension of the activity

Make a smaller kangaroo and add it to the mother’s pouch. Attach a paddle pop stick to the back and turn it into a puppet.