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Crocodile Printable Puzzle | Homemade Toy
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Alphabet > Letter C
C is for Crocodile

Animals

Reptiles >
Crocodile

Crafts > Homemade Toys >
Animal Progressive Printable Puzzles

Colors > Green

Holidays and Events
>
*Jan. 26th > Australia Day
*June > Zoo and Aquarium Month
Oct. 21st > Reptile Awareness Day

Music
NumbersFive Little Crocodile Song & Finger play

 

For 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.

* Recycle magnet sheet (from promotional items, like calling cards) and glue to the back of the  puzzle pieces to use metal surface (refrigerator door and such).

* The animal puzzles are designed to  grow with your child.  

*  We recommend that you include one or a combination of the following activities prior to using the puzzle:

* Read a book or online story that has the animal in the story or is the main character.

*  Discuss some simple facts about the animal.

*  Mimic the movements or sounds that the animal might make.

*  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.

*  Ask what colors are in the animals body.

*Complementary Activities:

1. Alphabet Letter C:
C is for Crocodile Activities and Printable Materials

2. Music / Finger play:
  
Five Little Crocodile Song and Finger play


After one of the above activities: 
*  Present the puzzle to the child and allow child to put together and 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 C in upper and lower case in different places of the pieces (or letter in your language of choice).  Have the children search for the hidden letters in the puzzle pieces.  

*  Encourage child to store puzzle away after s/he is done (see recommendations for storage below)

Tips on how to store the puzzles:

*  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 in recycled envelopes in the shoe box without a lid so children can reach and store easily.  Another method is to recycle manila folders and make folder games and attach the envelop to the folder.  

* Encourage children to put the puzzles back in an envelope once they are done using them, and put back into a special animal puzzle box or plastic box.  Enjoy the puzzles!



Crocodile Printable Puzzles:

Stage 1
18 months to
to 24 months approx

Stage 2
2+ to 3 years approx

Stage 3
3+ to 4 years approx

Stage 4 
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.

 

 

  

 

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