I shared our DIY jumping kangaroo yesterday on Instagram (@two_little_amigos), and boy did you guys love it! So I’ve written the instructions in more detail here for you to make them yourselves. You don’t have to make a kangaroo (we did because Australia Day is coming up), any jumping animal works too. Think frog, bunny etc.
We read the book “Spot’s New Friend” by Eric Hill published by Penguin Books Ltd, and were inspired to make our own jumping kangaroo.
What you need:
- 2 plastic cups (I haven’t tried paper cups so unsure if they would work as well).
- Paper or card to draw your chosen animal.
- Glue or tape (we used masking tape).
- 1 rubber band
- Sharp scissors or a Stanly knife
When using scissors or stanly knife, please exercise caution and good common sense. Probably not the best idea to let your little ones do those parts!
- First decide on your animal. We chose a Kangaroo because we are learning more about Australia (the country we live in). Find a simple cartoon version on the internet and copy it/print it out. (Kids honestly don’t care how simple it is – no need to get fancy).
- Cut holes into one cup, opposite each other. Now make one cut in the rubber band and then thread through the holes in the cups.
- Tie knots in the rubber band so it doesn’t slide out. We also taped the knot in place, just to be sure.
- Glue or tape the animal cutout onto the cup with the rubber band.
- Place the animal cup on top of the other cup. Push down and quickly let go. The top cup should spring back up and “jump”.
This activity was simple enough that my 2.5 year old was able to make the kangaroo “jump” after a few practices.
Till next time,