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January 17, 2012

Lyle, Lyle Crocodile

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.

Lyle, Lyle Crocodile by Bernard Waber is the second in the Lyle the Crocodile series. It is about a crocodile who lives in the city with a family named the Primms. The family's neighbor Mr. Grumps dislikes Lyle because he scares his cat and he ends up having Lyle thrown in the local zoo. Lyle is surprisingly freed by his old performing partner, Mr. Valenti, and when they got back to the Primms home they find Mr. Grumps' house on fire. Lyle rescues Mr. Grumps, is declared a hero, and is allowed to stay with the Primms.

Alberto the Dancing Alligator by Richard Waring.
Tina receives a big egg from her Uncle and is so excited when it hatches into an Alligator. She names it Alberto and it loves to dance the tango. It soon grows big enough that it has to live in the bathtub, but one day as Tina and Alberto were dancing in the bathroom, they slip on a bar of soap and Lyle slips into the toilet while Tina accidentally flushes him down. This is a rather silly and fun story about how Lyle has to find his way back to the right home by coming up the toilets through the sewer system. Tina eventually guides him back to their home through Alberto's favorite tango music. I must say we rather enjoyed it!

We also enjoyed some non-fiction reading, Alligators and Crocodiles from the Zoobooks series.
This is a great read to understand the differences between alligators and crocodiles. My kids asked to read it almost every day last week. They are huge fans of non-fiction books.

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.

Happy Crafting!!

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Cari and Cortnee @ Two Sasters said... Best Blogger Tips

Adorable! We are working on the letter C this week so I might have to try this out:)

Deceptively Educational said... Best Blogger Tips

Doesn't that netting technique make the coolest scales?! I'm SO thrilled you gave it a try. Your crocs turned out amazing! Thanks for linking back, Rachel. :)

Camille Griffiths said... Best Blogger Tips

I need to do this craft with my daughter! And wow, I remember Lyle, I used to love him as kid lol.

Marissa @ land of once upon a time said... Best Blogger Tips

Perfect timing! We just checked out Lyle Lyle Crocodile from the library this week.

mollie's mom said... Best Blogger Tips

I just love Lyle the Crocodile! too cute. Thank you for stopping by mollie's mom and your sweet comment!

Katie said... Best Blogger Tips

So the Lyle books were some of MY favorites as a kid!! My mom kept them for me so I them to read with my kids. Those scales are AWESOME!! I'm going to pin this so we can do it soon!!

Thanks for sharing your inspiring ideas with us all at Thrifty Thursday, have a fantastic weekend!

Laurie said... Best Blogger Tips

This croc might be the way to my sons' hearts tomorrow. Love him!

The Bishop Family said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this! You are so creative...using the mesh bath sponge to make scales is genius! I love following your blog and gleaning inspiration!! :)

Carrie said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this. Actually I pinned it awhile ago and marked it as something to make for my sister and brother-in-law since their sailboat is named something Crocodile. Thank you for sharing it at Sharing Saturday!!

Eddie said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the "scales"!! We're got C coming up so we will definitely have to give this a shot.

Stopping by from Show-And-Share Saturday.

Jill @ A Mom With A Lesson Plan said... Best Blogger Tips

I adore the texture of these little guys! Can't wait to give them a try.