"A" Is for Alligator (Alphabet Paper Craft for Kids)

Updated on November 20, 2019
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"A" is for Alligator
"A" is for Alligator | Source

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
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Black marker
  • Glue

Gathering the Right Supplies
Gathering the Right Supplies | Source

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.

Draw the Letter "A"
Draw the Letter "A" | Source

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.

Cut Out the "A"
Cut Out the "A" | Source

The finished letter "A" is now ready to add our alligator face. Let's move on to Step 2!

Finished "A" Cut Out
Finished "A" Cut Out | Source

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.

Drawing the Alligator's Teeth
Drawing the Alligator's Teeth | Source

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.

Cutting Out the Teeth
Cutting Out the Teeth | Source

Your alligator now has a set of pearly whites, so smile! It's time for the next step.

Smile—Your Alligator Now Has Its Teeth!
Smile—Your Alligator Now Has Its Teeth! | Source

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.

Draw the Eyes
Draw the Eyes | Source

Cut around, following the lines of the circle you had drawn. These white circles will be the eyeballs of the alligator.

Cutting Out the Eyes
Cutting Out the Eyes | Source

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.

Drawing the Eyelids
Drawing the Eyelids | Source

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.

Finished Eyes
Finished Eyes | Source

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.

Drawing the Nostrils
Drawing the Nostrils | Source
Finished Nose and Pupils
Finished Nose and Pupils | Source

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.

Drawing the Spine
Drawing the Spine | Source

Cut out along the lines carefully. Make sure not to cut the bottom strip underneath the spine for gluing.

Cutting Out the Spine
Cutting Out the Spine | Source

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!

Assembling and Gluing
Assembling and Gluing | Source

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.

Questions & Answers

    © 2019 Jason Nicolosi

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      • Nicoartz profile imageAUTHOR

        Jason Nicolosi 

        3 weeks ago from AZ

        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 profile image

        Lora Hollings 

        3 weeks ago

        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!

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        Purvi 

        3 weeks ago from India

        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......

      • Nicoartz profile imageAUTHOR

        Jason Nicolosi 

        3 weeks ago from AZ

        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.

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        Purvi 

        3 weeks ago from India

        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.

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        Lorna Lamon 

        4 weeks ago

        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.

      • Nicoartz profile imageAUTHOR

        Jason Nicolosi 

        4 weeks ago from AZ

        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".

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        I love this Alligator.....simple but effective. Are you going to do this for every letter of the alphabet?

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