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

Activities Materials
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 (two versions) 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 koala crafts featured are appropriate for a St. Valentine's Day, Australia Day (January 26) or an Exotic Animals theme.

Activity > Koala Hearts Head Craft (7 pieces)
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
Note: cut eyes together as one piece

Option 1
: Print color template of your choice help to cut, 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:

  • Replace eyes template with large plastic wiggly eyes instead of the eyes template.
  • Tape a ribbon, string or a piece of magnet to the back to use as decoration or ornament.
  • 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.
  • Attach the finished craft to a handprint wreath with the colors of the Australian flag.

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

  • Shapes & Colors > Ask children to identify the shapes and colors on the template. Ask the children to identify the colors they've used to color the template.
  • Early Math > Sorting & Sizing: Have the children sort the hearts by size - smallest to largest.
  • 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.

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, online story and more.

Activity > Alphabet Printable Activities > Letter K Koala

  Koala Hearts Craft
(with body)
koala hearts craft
Templates
*Color
*Black & White

koala hearts head craft
Hearts Koala Head Craft

letter k koala printable activities
Letter K Koala printable activities

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

Themes > Alphabet > Letter K > K is for Koala | Animals > Mammals > Koala | Colors > Gray | Crafts > Shapes > Hearts Shape
Holidays and Events > Jan 26 > Australia Day, Feb 14th > Valentine's Day | Multicultural > Australia
Numbers | Math > counting, sizing, sorting