Koala Hearts Craft | Letter K
Printable Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities
Australia Day | Valentine's Day

Themes Instructions and Suggestions Materials
Alphabet > Letter K > K is for Koala

Animals > Mammals > Koala

Colors > Gray

Crafts > Shapes > Hearts Shape Koala

Holidays and Events >
*Jan. 26 > Australia Day
*Feb. 14th > Valentine's Day
*June > Zoo and Aquarium Month

Multicultural > Australia

Numbers | Math > Counting, Sizing, Sorting 

Age group: Older toddlers to early elementary 

The koala is truly a unique animal that is beloved and recognized the world over.  He is representative of the Land Down Under, the continent and country of Australia.

Young children will have fun making an easy and fun craft of a koala almost entirely made with heart shapes (except the eyes) and during the process many skills can be addressed.  Other printable support materials and links to related activities are provided.   Let's get started.

The craft is appropriate for a St. Valentine's Day, Australia Day (January 26) or an Exotic Animals Theme.

Activity > Koala Hearts Head Craft 

Large pieces suitable for older toddlers to age 3.5 (5 pieces - Note: cut eyes together as one piece)

Tell the children they are going to have fun with activities related to a wonderful and fun animal,  the koala!

Review your options for printing the craft version of your choice as well assembly options that best meet your needs.  Before assembly conduct some of the learning activities suggested below:

Printing and assembly options for the craft:

Option 1
:   Print craft color template of your choice help to cut out (children under 4), conduct learning activities below and assemble.  Encourage  older children to cut out their own templates as much as possible.

Option 2
:  Print black and white template.  Children can color, paint or decorate first,  cut out and proceed as above.

Option 3:
  For large groups or to recycle left over materials.
*Print directly on gray paper or a fun color for a holiday - pink for St. Valentine's.

*Print black amd white template on card stock and use as a master template.  Trace the patterns directly on construction paper, left-over paper, or fun foam to obtain pieces needed.

Other decorations and ideas for the craft option:
1.  Replace eyes template with large plastic wiggly eyes instead of the eyes template.

2.  Tape a ribbon, string or a piece of magnet to the back to use as decoration or ornament.

3.  Puppet:  Glue the craft to a small standard lunch paper bag or to a craft stick for an instant puppet.  Decorate the paper bag with additional hearts, buttons, etc.

4.  Attach the finished craft to a handprint wreath with the colors of the Australian flag.

Activities #2:  Learning Activities to conduct before craft assembly:
Choose those activities you feel are appropriate on the ages of children.

Shapes & Colors Activity

1.  Ask children to identify the shapes and colors on the template if using the color template.  Ask the children to identify the colors they've used to color/decorate the template.

Numbers/Early-Math Activities:
To conduct these activities pieces should be decorated and cut out.

1. Sorting & Sizing:  Have the children sort the hearts by size - smallest to largest.

2. Counting:  Count how many of each size there are and how many in total to assemble the craft. You may want to write numbers on the blank side to acquaint the children with printed numbers.  in this activity you may want to also count the eyes.

Proceed with craft assembly.  Show the small image provided in the template to help the children see how the finished craft looks and to aid them in positioning the pieces.  After completing the craft the children can hold their finished craft while conducting some of the activities below.

Activity > Science & Social Studies: Learning about Koalas 
Information, images, geography and more.

Activity > Alphabet Printable Activities > Letter K Koala

Koala Hearts Head Craft

*Color Template
*Black & White Template

Hearts Craft

(with body)

Letter K Koala Printable Activities

Other Materials:
Koalas Coloring Pages

*Glue or glue stick
*any paper, card stock, construction paper
*materials to color with



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