Clothespin Alligator Craft

This easy clothespin alligator craft is a great way to finish off a lesson on alligators.

The Alligator Lesson

We started out with a life-sized outline of an alligator on butcher paper.  I measured out 11 feet of paper, approximately the average size of an adult alligator, and drew an alligator outline free hand.

Then I had the kids tape alligator facts to his body.  Here is a Printable Alligator Facts sheet:


 The Alligator Craft

Finally we made our clothespin alligator craft.  You need clothespins, green paint, brushes, googly eyes, pipe cleaners, and glue (I used hot glue, but if you want kids to do it themselves you can white school glue.

  1. Have the kids paint their clothespins green.  Keep the paint thin, not gobs and gobs.  Let it dry completely.
  2. Cut a green pipe cleaner in half.  Fold each end of the pipe cleaner toward the center.

  1. Put the legs in place. you will need glue to hold it together, especially the back legs.
  2. Glue on the googly eyes.
  3. If you like you can add teeth with a permanent marker.

Additional Layers

  • Get out a map and show where in world alligators can be found.
  • Practice measuring by having the kids figure out how long your outline alligator is.  What else is about 11 feet long?
  • If you like you can glue a magnet to the back of your alligator clothespin and stick him on your fridge where he can hold pictures and reminders.
  • Make a chart comparing alligators to crocodiles.
  • Alligators are reptiles.  Read more about reptiles.


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