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Little Crocodile Song & Finger play
children 18 months to 6 years old
* Print your choice of crocodile puzzle: Stage 1, 2,
3 or 4
* These can be laminated for durability.
*Ideas: Recycle magnet sheet material (from promotional items, like calling
cards) and glue to the back of puzzle pieces to use on a metal
surface (refrigerator door and such).
* The animal puzzles are designed to grow with your
* We recommend that you include a combination of the following
activities below before presenting the puzzle:
1. Read a book that
animal in the story or is the main character.
2. Discuss some simple facts about the animal. Basic
facts, images and sounds of an alligator.
3. Mimic the movements or sounds that the animal might make.
4. Suggest to the children to give a special name that starts with the first
letter in the animals word. This will make the animal puzzle
more special to the child and reinforce the alphabet letter.
5. Ask what colors are in the animals body.
Presenting the Puzzle: After presenting one or combination of the above activities:
* Present the puzzle to the child and allow child to put together, show briefly the small image on the upper left corner of the
template so the child has a glimpse of the finished puzzle.
* Write letter A in upper and lower case in different places on
the puzzle pieces (or letter in your language of choice). Have the
children search for the hidden
letters in the puzzle pieces.
Visit matching Alphabet
A is for Alligator printable activities
*Visit related activities in the alligator section.
* Encourage child to store puzzle away after s/he is done
(see recommendations for storage below)
Tips on how to store the
* Glue or tape the
small image (in the left-upper corner of the template) to an
envelope. You can use those large left-over greeting card envelopes (from Christmas for example)
usually these are bigger or create custom made envelopes by
folding a piece of paper in half, close sides with tape.
* Note: We do not recommend plastic zip lock bags
since these are a suffocation hazard to children.
Storage Box Project:
* Use a large shoe box and cover and decorate if you desire with
wrapping paper and/or animal stickers. Place the puzzle envelopes
in the shoe box
without a lid so children can reach and store easily.
* Encourage children to put the puzzles back in the envelope once
they are done using them, and put back into their special animal
puzzle box box
or plastic box.
Enjoy the puzzles!
Print your choice of
the alligator puzzle
18 months to
to 24 months
2+ to 3
3+ to 4 years approx
4+ to 6 years approx
* If you print on regular
paper you need to glue unto a harder surface such as card board
from a cereal box, or the thin carton in shirt packaging and then
cut with sharp scissors (adults only)
* Printing the templates
on heavy duty card stock works best
* Cut and save the small image in the left upper corner of
the template, refer to the instructions for using this image.
* To make the puzzles more durable cover with clear contact paper.