With young children in the house, we have to make learning fun and active to keep them interested. The biggest challenge for me is keeping the littles entertained while the big kids are still being challenged and learning. For this one making the puppets and reading are huge ways the older kids had the opportunity to learn while the toddlers were entertained for hours. Can you get any better than that?
We made our own Alligator Puppets with Mother Goose Time. I really love having fun days that work for all of the kids despite age gaps. The preschool days even work to give my oldest a bit of a breather from her much harder school things.
What you need to make an alligator puppet
- Green construction paper
- Green paper luncheon plate (square)
- Marker, paint, or crayons
- Googly eye
- Glue dots (optional)
- Scrap white paper
Make your own alligator puppet.
- Trace your plate adding half an inch to each side onto your green paper.
- Draw a line across the paper in a diagonal
- At the flat end, you just made add two large bumps where the eyes will go.
- Cut this shape you have made out.
- Fold your plate on a diagonal with the colored side in.
- Fold your construction paper alligator head in half and glue along the edges to the top half of your folded paper plate. Trim as needed.
- Decorate with crayons, paint, markers, googly eyes, and scrap paper to make your puppet look like an Alligator.
Once we had our puppets it was time for some alligator reading fun.
We have two great recourses for finding great books to read with the kids, the library, and Kindle Unlimited (try free for 30 days.) Here is a great list of alligator stories to use your new puppets with.
The book pictured above is A to Z Animals from the June Mother Goose Time box. The kids love it. Each page is another animal with facts and discussion questions to get the kids involved and thinking.
Zack’s Alligator This level reader is perfect for little once to laugh and giggle as they practice vital reading skills.
If you Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t the hilarious account of what could possibly go wrong with bringing an Alligator to School.
Sticking with the theme of alligators in school how about Zack’s Alligator Goes to School?
Is there a monster under your bed? No. There’s an Alligator Under my Bed.
What happens when an alligator gets locked in a shoe store overnight? Find out in Alligator Shoes .
Pull out Andy Alligator the Alligator board book for your littlest learners.