You might defer seeing an alligator later, but this Paper Alligator Craft for kids is so easy that it doesn’t have to wait! Includes a free template!
Alligators may seem like animals that just lay in water waiting for their prey, but they’re actually quite cunning about it!
Alligators can balance sticks and twigs on their head, luring in birds looking for material to build their nests.
Isn’t that amazing?
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Since we’re on the topic of alligators, why not have some fun learning more about this amazing creature – with a paper craft? Here is an easy paper alligator craft for kids, made out of nothing more than craft paper!
Paper Alligator Craft for Kids
Supplies to make the paper alligator craft:
- Craft paper in different colors
How to make the Paper Alligator Craft:
1. Download and print the printable template for the alligator craft. The template includes the alligator’s body, arms, legs, abdomen, scales, eyes and cheek.
2. Cut out the parts and trace out the parts on to craft papers of the appropriate colors. Use light green for the alligator’s body and limbs, and choose dark green for the scales. Cut out all the parts.
3. Stick the scales on the alligator’s body. Use the longer piece for the body and the smaller piece for the tail.
4. Stick on the arms and legs in the appropriate positions with glue.
5. Stick the abdomen on the front of the alligator’s body.
6. Stick the remaining pieces of the alligator’s face. Draw on any additional features using a marker. That’s it – your alligator is all ready!
How to use this paper alligator craft?
If you’re wondering where you can use this alligator, here’s an easy idea – stick it on a card and add a punny message, like this one!
You can use it as a Alligator puppet craft or as a teaching aid for A for Alligator preschool study. Or when you are learning about swamp animals or reptiles in kindergarten.
Goes perfect with this fun movement activity
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Alligator, alligator (Stretch your arms to the front to make a big alligator mouth that opens and closes)
Long and green
Teeth so mean
Snapping at a fly (pretend to snap jaws)
Snapping at a bee (pretend to snap)
Snapping at a frog (pretend to snap)
but you can’t catch me! (jump back)
Check out THE BEST ALLIGATOR AND CROCODILE BOOKS FOR KIDS via Deb Chitwood from Living Montessori Now for books that go with this craft.
You might have heard the saying ‘See you later, alligator!’ and may have used it yourself. I have too, generally to my daughter when I’m going out. It was much later that I found out that there was a song based on it way back in the ’50s!
Come to think of it, that’s probably the only time I mention alligators. It’s a pretty random fact, but I tend to use the word ‘crocodile’ much more, often instead of alligator. Which is technically wrong, since they’re different animals!
What is the difference between a n Alligator & a crocodile?
Here are just a few ways alligators are different from crocodiles:
- When crocodiles shut their mouths, you can see a row of their teeth over the top lip. However, when alligators close their mouths, all their teeth are hidden
- A crocodile lives for 70-100 years while alligators don’t live beyond 50 years
- Crocodiles can live in both freshwater and saltwater, while alligators are found more in freshwater environments