"A" Is for Alligator (Alphabet Paper Craft for Kids)
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.
Want to Change Your Alligator's Facial Expression? Change the Eyelids
Now that you've completed the eyes, try changing the angle of the eyelids to create different expressions and emotions on your alligator. For example, tilt them inward for an angry look.
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!
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