Free Printables and Unit Studies About Kangaroos

December 28, 2020

Jeannette Tuionetoa

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Did you know that kangaroos can learn how to ask for help, just like dogs can? Learn about this cool fact and more with these free printables and unit studies about kangaroos.

Free Printables and Unit Studies About Kangaroos

In zoos, kangaroos are known to use their body language to communicate for help or assistance much as dogs and horses do. It is really interesting to know how wild animals do not have to be domesticated in order to communicate in these manners.

Can you imagine a kangaroo gesturing for a treat? Pretty cool right? WRONG! – Here’s why.

I did some contract work for the Australian Embassy for about two years and they see kangaroos a whole lot different than we view them.

I was working with “Aussies” and just knew I could talk to them about how adorable kangaroos are, because who doesn’t like an adorable kangaroo?

Turns out the cartoons were slightly lying to me. Cartoons always depict kangaroos as cute and cuddly, carrying their little babies (joeys) in their pouch. Occasionally, you would see kangaroo with some boxing gloves – still doesn’t take away the cuteness.

Issue is that Australians, many of them, view kangaroos as a nuisance much like rabbits are considered a nuisance for farmers. They are adorable to us, from a distance, but in reality, they eat all the crops and are hard to stop.

Fifty million kangaroos roam freely in groups all across Australia. There are more than twice as many kangaroos in Australia as humans and although Australians remain really proud of kangaroos being a symbol of their home, that fact remains. There are a LOT of kangaroos.

Farmers in Australia say these kangaroos damage their crops and compete with their livestock for natural (but scarce) resources.

Additionally, Australia’s insurance industry lists that more than 80% of vehicle-animal collisions reported each year are kangaroos (about 20,000 collisions).

Crazy fact: The chance of having an accident with a kangaroo is so high, that insurance companies won’t even cover people who travel between dusk and dawn in the Outback.

So, let’s just say that the relationship between kangaroos and the people of Australia is a complicated one.

They are an iconic national symbol, yet can trample over your veggies in 2-point-2 seconds.

I, for one, chose to remain biased in my Americanized view of these beautiful creatures. Adorable creatures cute enough to dawn some gloves and box a few folks if need be.

Here are some interesting facts to add to your kangaroo lessons:

Kangaroos are the only large animals that can hop. As mentioned above, they can hop up to 30 feet.

These marsupials (pouched animals) really do box. The young kangaroo box for play and adult male kangaroos use boxing to show their dominance.

A group of kangaroos is called a mob – a male is called a boomer and the female a jill.

Kangaroos can hop about 40 miles/hour, but… they cannot move backward.

I still think kangaroos are pretty cool. I am super frustrated that in visiting Canberra, Australia and Sydney I have yet to see a kangaroo when so many people claim they are “everywhere.”

They are like unicorns to me and I look forward to the day I finally see one – even if it is eating someone’s veggie garden ;-).

To learn more about kangaroos in your homeschool, check out some of these free printables and unit studies about kangaroos:

Resources for Learning about Australia

Resources for Learning About Australia

FREE Animals of the Australian Bush Printables

Resources for Learning About Australia Bush Printables

FREE Kangaroo Template | 10 Minutes of Quality Time

Parts of a Kangaroo- FREE Montessori Nomenclature Cards with Definitions | Trillium Montessori

Kangaroo Theme Page Crafts, Quizzes, Information, and Printouts to Color | Enchanted Learning

FREE Australian Animals Guided Drawing

Guided Drawing Australian Animals

Now I Know My ABC’s ~ K is for Kangaroo | Totally Tots

Does A Kangaroo Have A Mother Too? Book | TwistyNoodle

Information – Kangaroos | Answers in Genesis

Life Cycle of a Kangaroo | Karissa Li’s Space

Australian Animals FREE Printable Pack | Simple Living Creative Learning

Australian Animal Printable Pack text with image examples of worksheets

FREE Kangaroo Nomenclature Cards | Pinay Homeschooler

Kangaroo FREE Fact Sheet | English ESL Worksheets

Great Kangaroo facts and photos | National Geographic Kids

Fun Kangaroo Facts For Kids | Cool Kid Facts

10 Kangaroo Facts You Didn’t Know | GoEco

Amazing Facts about Kangaroos | OneKindPlanet

Kangaroo Facts, Worksheets, Habitat, Species & Diet For Kids | KidsKonnect

Fun Kangaroo Facts for Kids – Interesting Information | ScienceKids

Kangaroos: Facts, Information & Pictures | Live Science

Head to the library for kids books all about kangaroos:

Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too FREE Lesson Plan | Flourish Yoga

Preschool Packet “Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too?” | Preschool Printables by Gwyn

Christmas in Kangaroo Land | Kids Travel Books

FREE Kangaroo Digital Picture Book | The Productive Teacher

Animals of Australia Book List | Fantastic Fun and Learning

various children\'s books for learning about Australian Animals

40 Australian Picture Books by Our Favourite Australian Authors | childhood 101

Use kangaroo-themed printables for learning:

K is for Kangaroo Learning Printables | Cornerstone Confessions

Kangaroo Bible Printables for Kids – FREEBIES | Paper Gifts for Estefany

Crafts all about kangaroos:

4 Fun And Interesting Kangaroo Crafts For Kids | Mom Junction

K Is for Kangaroo Craft | All About Learning Press

FREE Printable Kangaroo Craft | Learn Create Love

Letter K Craft: Kangaroo Paper Craft | Sight and Sound Reading

Australian Aboriginal Dot Art | DLTK-Kids

FREE Australian Crafts for Kids | Danielle’s Place

Kangaroo Kraft FREEBIE | Julie Lee

Activities to add to your lessons about kangaroos:

Kk Kangaroo Day -preschool style | Mama Bee From the Hive

Kangaroo Hop! (Kangaroos can hop 30 feet. Measure 30 feet in your home and challenge your kids to see how far they can jump compared to a kangaroo.) | Mrs. Lee’s Kinder Kids

Watch videos about kangaroos with your kids:

Kangaroo for Kids – Facts and Information about Kangaroos for Children, Kangaroo Videos | Kiddopedia

Survival in Australia for Kangaroos | BBC Wildlife

Kangaroo Kids (Joeys) at Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield Zoo

Why Do Kangaroos Have Pouches? (Animal Science for Kids) | SciShow Kids

Kangaroo Facts – Facts About Kangaroos | 101 Animal Facts

Video – Kangaroos explained | National Geographic

I hold on to the image of the legend Steve Irwin hugging and playing with the Aussie legendary kangaroos. I completely plan on learning even more about kangaroos.

Australia is our neighboring first world country and we all plan to visit there one day – and yes, hopefully, we can see some kangaroos.

Free Printables and Unit Studies About Kangaroos

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