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How to make a Felt Kangaroo

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We are back at it with K is for Kangaroo!!  I haven’t shared a felt animal in a while, my apologies, we have made our N and O animals, John’s request (out of order, but who cares but me, right?)  But we are sharing one of our favorite marsupials — I am partial to Koalas, but John chose Kangaroo :)  We only have six more animals to make, hallelujah, in our series: ABC Felt Animals.  My children love their felt animals and this project has really helped to reinforce beginning sounds, so we are are moving slowly but surely!

Though they take some time and effort, the felt animals have been well worth it.  They develop phonemic awareness and help children learn and create and imagine.  I hope you enjoy learning about how to make a felt kangaroo!!


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All you need to make a Felt Kangaroo is:

  • felt: brown, light brown, white, black (or you can use paper!)
  • cotton balls
  • hot glue gun (or Elmer’s if you’re just using colored paper)
  • amazing Fiskar scissors (if you’re going to work with felt at all, you have to check these scissors out!)

** This craft uses a hot glue gun — please keep out of the reach of children — these are for adult use only!!**


We cut out the body template twice, and then I cut out a little baby joey.  I cut the front arm out of the template and thought it looked better on top.


I also cut the pouch and placed a piece of light brown felt behind it to make it look more open. And there are his little black eyes and light brown ears — one pointed out on each side.

I hot-glue cotton balls on one of the templates and then carefully hot-glue the second template on top, little by little.


I glued the inside of the ears and the eyes on….


And she’s almost hot-glued all together! It takes patience…. and a butter knife to hold it down instead of your finger!


And there’s the joey in his mama’s sweet little pouch.




John always gets very excited about the animals.


Putting the joey inside his mama’s pouch.


I made a template and a coloring page for you to make your own felt kangaroo!  


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Download your free kangaroo printable pages here. 


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Other Posts in the ABC Felt Animals Series:

A is for Alligator

B is for Bumblebee

C is for Crab

D is for Dolphin

E is for Elephant

F is for Flamingo

G is for Gorilla

H is for Horse

I is for Iguana

J is for Jellyfish

T is for Turtle

U is for Umbrella Bird

V is for Viper

W is for Whale

Y is for Yak

Z is for Zebra

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  1. Thank you for the felt animals! We started going through the alphabet using a letter of the week type of approach (more like letter of the fortnight really) quite a while ago, and I found your website and the felt animals in the second week (B) I’ve been making them as we go (I’ve missed some out through busyness) and my little girl (2 and a half) loves them, we’re on K this coming week and I made the kangaroo today. This evening I noticed she’d been through one of her toyboxes and found some of the other felt animals and put them with the kangaroo, so I asked if she wanted me to find the others for her from the other room. She was so happy to lay them all out and talk about their names and the letters and she loved talking about the joey in the kangaroo’s pouch, I think she learnt that it was called a joey – I’ll have to see if she remembers it tomorrow! I’m planning to make the ones we missed (alligator, elephant, gorilla and horse) when we travel down to see my in-laws for Christmas. They spark so much conversation and learning about the animals! I just wanted to encourage you about how great they are! :) I’ve been sewing the animals, it probably takes more time than gluing but it means I don’t mind so much (from a health point of view, though not a I-spent-lots-of-time-on-that-don’t-damage-it point of view) if she puts it in her mouth! Thank you again!

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