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Songs, Poems, Stories, & Fingerplays

Alligator Pie

Alligator, alligator (open and close hands like an alligator's mouth)
Alligator pie.
If I don't get some,
I think I'm gonna cry. (pretend to cry)

You can take away the grass, (wiggle fingers like grass blowing)
Take away the sky,(hands over head)
But don't take away (Alligator's mouth again)
My Alligator pie.

~Submitted by Nancy from CT

Mr. Alligator

Five little monkeys swinging in a tree,
Teasing Mr. Alligator, "Hey, you can't catch me."
But along came Mr. Alligator quiet as can be
He snapped a monkey right out of that tree!
(Next verses: 4 little monkeys, 3 little.......,2, 1...)

The last verse for 0:
No little monkeys swinging in a tree
'Cause Mr. Alligator caught them all, you see.
All alone is Mr. Alligator, quiet as can be
With only the wind blowing that tree.
(Blow like the wind)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare



Arts & Crafts

Gator Box

1. Paint the outside of a long, thin box and lid green. Paint the inside red.
2. Cut four strips of paper teeth. Glue them inside the box and lid.
3. Soak two cotton balls in green food coloring and water. Remove them with a spoon. Squeeze out the water. Let them dry. Then glue them to the top of the lid. Cut eyes from paper and glue them to the cotton balls. (or use pom-poms)
4. Cut nostrils from paper. Glue them on the lid.
5. Put the lid on the box. Use the box to hold small objects.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Handprint Alligators

Materials: green, white and pink tempera paint, black construction paper, circle of cork

Brush the palm of each child's hand with green tempera paint. Have child press his/her hand (with fingers together and thumb extended) on a sheet of black construction paper to make an open-jawed "alligator head". Let the child use brushes to paint the alligator's body, tail and legs with green paint, and its sharp teeth with white paint. Next, let the child dip the end of a cork into pink paint and use it to print an eye near the top of the alligator's head.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare



Theme Ideas

Here is a group large motor activity game: Use large blue tarp, sheet or felt etc. Place a stuffed or plastic alligator on the sheet. Line-up the children. As you cross the "swamp" chant "I'm walking, I'm walking, I'm walking across the swamp. I hope that alligator doesn't go chomp." Encourage the children to make a alligator chomping gesture by bringing arms and hands down together. Continue by interjecting other movements such as: I'm swimming, I'm swimming, I'm swimming across the swamp. I hope that alligator doesn't go chomp. Can also do tip toeing, jumping etc.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare



In The Kitchen

Alligator Cake

Things you will need:
cake mix
white frosting
green food coloring
gum drops
red licorice
M & M's

Make a big cake cut out to the shape of an alligator, frost it green, let the kids put the gum drops on it for the teeth, m&m's for eyes, licorice for feet, then you and the kids get to enjoy it.

I did for my sons birthday; it came out cute too. Hope you have fun with this idea.

~Submitted by Jean

Alligator Applesauce

sauce pan, 4 apples, cups or bowls, 1/2 cup granulated or brown sugar, apple peeler and potato masher ,stove or cooking unit, 1/3 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, almond or vanilla extract

Directions: peel apples, cut into fourths and cook in saucepan with 1 cup of water and cook until tender, this should takes about 3 minutes, mash with potato masher, stir in sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and almond/vanilla extract. Let cool It looks like alligator skin. Mmmm! Makes the house smell yummy, too!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare



Links

Alligator Paper Bag Puppet Craft - First School
Alligator Printable Puzzles - First School
A is for Alligator Activities - First School


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