One of my favorite things to do with the kids is making learning fun. I always promised myself that when I had kids of my own, I wouldn’t be their teacher like in a classroom. I would be their mom first. But that doesn’t stop us from doing fun things like letter of the week crafts! For the next 26 weeks or so, I’ll be sharing a letter of the week craft each Monday morning! And we’re kicking off with the first letter of the alphabet!
Letter of the Week Crafts: A is for Alligator
Letter of the week crafts don’t have to be complicated at all. And they are a fun way to introduce younger children to the alphabet and give older kids practice while giving them all some time to be creative. I also love to read books that are related to our crafts or the letters. So check out some of our book suggestions after the directions on how make your very own A is for Alligator! (In case you need any supplies, I’ve included some affiliate links.)
What You Need:
- Blue construction paper
- Green construction paper
- White construction paper
- Black crayon or marker
- Glue or glue stick
What You Do:
For this craft, I recommend that you pre-cut all of the shapes for your child. If you have an older child they might be able to cut themselves. This is a great opportunity to talk about shapes with your child too.
- Pre-cut the shapes – (2) white circles, (6) white triangles, (20) green triangles
- Turn the blue sheet of construction paper vertical and use your marker or crayon to draw a large capital A.
- Turn the paper horizontal again and you can write A is for Alligator, if desired.
- Have your child glue green squares along the black line letter A.
- Glue three white triangles to the top leg of the A and three to the bottom to create the teeth in the alligator’s mouth.
- Draw a black dot on each white circle then glue on top of the other end of the letter A.
And once it dries, you’ll have your very own pet alligator! Talking about alligators is a great way to also talk about types of animals and where they live. You can also talk about crocodiles. See if your child knows what letter that word starts with!
Some of our favorite alligator books are There’s an Alligator Under My Bed and Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile.
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