I'm a caregiver and an artist. I received high honors in creative writing, fine arts, and sculpture at Montserrat College of Art.
Craft With Letters (And Animals!)
This alligator is a fun, simple craft for young children to enjoy building on their own. It allows the child to be creative, helps them learn simple skills such as cut and paste, and gives them a sense of accomplishment.
Materials and Supplies
The supplies you will need to make the alligator craft are:
- Construction paper in green, white, and black
- Black marker
Step 1: Draw and Cut Out the Letter "A"
On green construction paper, draw out the letter “A." The letter should be approximately 2” thick in box form. Use a pencil to do this so any mistakes can easily be erased. Then trace it with a black marker so your drawing can be easily seen.
Cut along the black line with scissors. When cutting out the middle of the "A," pinch the area with your thumb and pointer and make a small snip in the paper where you're pinching. Then insert the scissors into the small cut. Cut to the black line and follow it all the way around until the "A" is completely cut out.
The finished letter "A" is now ready to add our alligator face. Let's move on to Step 2!
Step 2: Create the Alligator's Teeth
To make the alligator's teeth, use the white construction paper. Align the white paper's edge just underneath the bar across the letter “A." Make sure you slide the side where the teeth are drawn far enough under the letter so that you will have a strip of white to glue underneath the “A.” Draw zigzag, triangular-shaped teeth along the inner side of the letter, as seen in the photo.
Cut out teeth along zigzag lines, making sure to leave the extra white strip behind the teeth for gluing. Then use this row of teeth as your pattern to make the second row of teeth for the other side by simply tracing around them with a pencil.
Your alligator now has a set of pearly whites, so smile! It's time for the next step.
Step 3: Create the Eyes
For the alligator's eyes, you will need both white and green construction paper. On white paper, draw round circles for the whites of his eyes. I drew 1” circles for my alligator eyes.
Cut around, following the lines of the circle you had drawn. These white circles will be the eyeballs of the alligator.
Next, cover the very top of the eyeball with green paper. Draw a half-circle just slightly larger than the eyeball to create eyelids. Cut out eyelids and trace around them with a black marker.
Your eyes are almost done! You will create the pupils from the same pieces you make the nostrils with. (Two for one is always welcome on our watches.) This will be created in the next step.
Step 4: Create the Nose and Pupils
You'll create the nostrils with black paper. Draw small oval shapes so that two nostrils will fit at the bottom of the letter “A." Use a pencil to do this, as pencil shows up nicely on the black paper. Trace the nostrils, using them as a pattern to also make the pupils of the eyes. The pupils will slip just under the eyelids and over the eyeball for a super-cute expression.
Step 5: Create the Spine
Making the spine on the alligator will be done with green paper. Like the teeth, place the paper in place, where the spine will go. It should be placed along the left side of the “A.” Make sure to tuck a strip of paper under the letter for gluing. Draw your spine with a pencil, in a zigzag, triangular-shaped spine along the side of the letter. (I drew my spines about 2” long.) Then trace your lines with a black marker.
Cut out along the lines carefully. Make sure not to cut the bottom strip underneath the spine for gluing.
Step 6: Assemble and Glue
Now you can glue all the parts in their proper places, as seen in the photo.
Note Before Gluing: If creating more than one for multiple children, use your pieces as templates to create more pieces. Simply trace each piece and cut them out. Another trick is to stack a few pieces of paper and cut more than one out at a time. This will save you lots of time!
Hope you enjoyed creating “A” is for Alligator!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2019 Jason Nicolosi
Jason Nicolosi (author) from AZ on September 15, 2020:
Glad to hear it Jack! Have a great day. Thanks!
jack is my name on September 15, 2020:
thanks it helped my kidz
Jason Nicolosi (author) from AZ on March 15, 2020:
Hi DreamerMeg. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment on my article. I really appreciate it. So far I have letters "A"-"E" published on HubPages. I'm finishing up "F" today. It should be ready for publication soon. I hope you enjoy it!
DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on March 15, 2020:
Great piece of craft for helping children learn the letter "A". It's always much easier for them to learn when they have something practical to work with.
Jason Nicolosi (author) from AZ on January 27, 2020:
Thanks so much for the comment, Peggy. I appreciate it!
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 26, 2020:
What a fun project to do with kids. Not only will they be learning letters of the alphabet, but learning something about alligators at the same time. I could envision using those letters to decorate a child's room.
Jason Nicolosi (author) from AZ on December 18, 2019:
Denise, I am so glad you enjoyed this craft. I plan on doing A - Z. Look for B, C, and D as well. I think you would like them too. I work with medically fragile children and they love these letter crafts.
Denise McGill from Fresno CA on December 17, 2019:
Totally awesome. I'm very impressed. My sister teaches kindergarten and would love this.
Jason Nicolosi (author) from AZ on December 17, 2019:
Thanks Alyssa that be awesome! I'll be doing the entire alphabet. I am just about finished with the letter "E". I hope you have a chance to check then all out.
Alyssa from Ohio on December 17, 2019:
This is such a cute idea! It brings back memories of when my son was little. I'm going to share this with some of my friends who have little ones. I think they will love this!
Jason Nicolosi (author) from AZ on November 18, 2019:
Thanks Lora. I really find that the children I work with really enjoy the letter crafts. Not only are they fun but a great learning tool as well.
Lora Hollings on November 17, 2019:
This is so cute! Such a clever idea to learn about alligators and the letter A. My niece and nephew will love making these. Thanks for sharing!
Purvi from India on November 14, 2019:
Yeah, sure. I am waiting for another alphabet for my fun time and I also learn new things in this type of work. Again thanks......
Jason Nicolosi (author) from AZ on November 13, 2019:
Im so glad you enjoyed the alligator. I work with medically fragile and def/blind children and i find that this kind of craft is a fun, enjoyable learning tool for all of them. Keep a look out for more to come.
Purvi from India on November 13, 2019:
I enjoy this article so much and it's special for children. I like paper work. I also do this type of paperwork for my family members. Please, continue to write this type of article because it's useful for me and I also enjoy it. Thanks for sharing it.
Lorna Lamon on November 06, 2019:
A fun thing to do where children can learn to be creative as well as improving their fine motor skills. My kids loved this type of activity which is great for a rainy day. Your article is interesting with easy to understand steps Jason - and I'm glad you will cover the entire alphabet.
Jason Nicolosi (author) from AZ on November 05, 2019:
I appreciate your comments John. Thank you for asking. Yes I am going to be doing the entire alphabet. I am glad you enjoyed letter "A".
John Hansen from Queensland Australia on November 05, 2019:
I love this Alligator.....simple but effective. Are you going to do this for every letter of the alphabet?