My boys love crocodiles! I was so excited when Luke picked out Lyle, Lyle Crocodile from the Library so we could make a crocodile craft. We decided to read a couple more stories and spend the week learning about alligators and crocodiles.
Alberto the Dancing Alligator by Richard Waring.
We also enjoyed some non-fiction reading, Alligators and Crocodiles from the Zoobooks series.
Our crocodile craft was inspired from a craft by Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational. They used a painting technique to make scales on the reptiles with a shower poof and I just had to give it a try.
To make our crocodile I found the perfect pattern HERE which you can print off on card stock paper. The pattern only came with one leg, so you will have to trace another leg onto the paper for the crocodile.
We started out by painting the pattern green with water colors. I was worried some white would show through when we painted the crocodile, that's why we did this step. However, I'm not so sure it was really necessary. You will see why in the next step.
To finish painting the crocodile, take a shower poof and rip a large strip out of it.
Lay the netting over the crocodile pattern and dab paint over it to make a scale texture.
As my kids got to dabbing I started realizing the netting worked better if you lightly dabbed it with paint. I was worried that by my kids using lots of paint, the texture wouldn't show through, but as you can see in the picture below, it did. You can also see how unnecessary the water coloring was.
After the paint is completely dry, cut out all the crocodile pieces.
We attached the tail to the crocodile body with a metal brad. This way the kids can move the tail around.
Next I hot glued two clothespins to the back of the crocodile so he would be able to stand up.
Glue the feet to the front of the clothespins and your crocodile is complete.
My boys just love how these stand up so they are easier to play with. It's fun to make crafts and art to display, but even more fun sometimes is to make crafts that the kids are free to play with as they may.
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