A is for Alligator Zoo Craft

If you’re a preschool teacher or homeschool mom who is planning a zoo theme, here’s a fun A is for Alligator Zoo Craft to get you started! You can teach your preschoolers all about the letter A using things that you probably already have around the house. Talk about a win-win situation for both you and your little kids!  

collage of alligator zoo craft images with text: Paper Plate Alligator Zoo Craft

It’s time for A to Zoo Animals! I can’t even tell you how excited both the little guy and I are about this particular theme. It was our first and today we’re doing the same A is for Alligator Zoo Craft that we did exactly three years ago.

preschooler holding paper plate
Wow, y’all! It’s hard to believe that it’s been that long. 

preschooler folding paper plate
Of course if you’re interested in seeing what we did the first time around, you can check out our original A is for Alligator post here

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A huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own.

Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids. 

A is for Alligator Zoo Craft

What you’ll need

  • Paper Plate
  • Wiggle Eyes
  • Paper
  • Adhesives
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Glue

Here’s how to do it

Discuss

  • How do alligators look?

Make

  • Invite children to fold their plates in half then cut into a triangle to make a snout. Paint the paper plate and allow to dry. 
  • Cut the paper into eyelids and glue onto the plate. 
  • Attach the wiggle eyes and draw teeth or other alligator features. 

Play

  • Name a color. Encourage children to crawl to something that color, the use the puppets to pretend to eat it. 

Observe

  • Did the child hold scissors independently and cut on a straight line? 
  • Did he need help cutting out the eyelids? 

preschool painting inside of folded paper plate red for alligator zoo craft
I remember struggling with this craft three years ago. Like really struggling with it. 

preschooler painting paper plate green
The little guy was barely two years old and it was our very first attempt at any kind of preschool. I mean that literally. 

preschooler painting with green paint
A is for Alligator was the very first lesson in our first ever preschool curriculum kit. 

preschooler using scissors to cut green cardstock
This time, though. He totally nailed it! Easy-peasy as he would say. 

preschooler cutting green cardstock to make alligator craft
He did it entirely on his own. Everything from coloring to cutting to putting it together. And it was completely effortless this time around. What a drastic difference a few years makes, right? 

preschooler cutting green cardstock
We went from a two year old who could barely even cut a straight line to a five year old who can cut out just about anything.  

preschooler adding wiggle eyes alligator zoo craft
It truly is amazing, isn’t it? Little kids change so quickly during the preschool years and what seemed impossible yesterday is totally doable today. 

preschooler holding A is for Alligator craft and smiling
Neither one of us had any idea how much of an adventure this would be. And yet here we are, three years later, and we’re both just as in love with this curriculum as we were way back then. 

And that, my friends, is exactly why we were both so excited to get this theme. It’s the opportunity to start all over again. 

Don’t forget to stop by next week if you’re interested in seeing more of what we’re up to with our A to Zoo Animals theme. And if you missed this year’s preschool homeschool space post, you can check it out here.

Looking for more insight & inspiration? Here are the top 10 most popular posts from The Keeper of the Memories. You’re definitely not going to want to miss these!

More Preschool Zoo Crafts & Activities:

10 Quick & Easy Zoo Craft Ideas for Toddlers & Preschoolers
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A is for Alligator Activities
A is for Alligator Zoo Craft
B is for Bird Activities
B is for Bird Craft
C is for Camel Activities
C is for Camel Craft
D is for Dolphin Activities
D is for Dolphin Craft 
E is for Elephant Craft
The Process is Almost Always More Important Than The Product
F is for Fox Craft
G is for Gorilla Craft
J is for Jellyfish Craft
L is for Llama Craft
T is for Tiger Activities + Curriculum Design
U is for Urchin Craft

MGT-Blog-Transparent-300x300As a Mother Goose Time blog ambassador, I receive the Mother Goose Time Preschool curriculum in exchange for my honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own. Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids. #mgtblogger

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collage of alligator zoo craft images with text: A to Zoo Paper Plate Alligator

 

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