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Alligator Paper Bag Puppet Craft [FREE Template]

The alligator is a fascinating animal to young kids!

They love learning about the unique features of this animal and seeing how it lives in its natural habitat.

This alligator paper bag puppet craft is a fun way for kids to learn about them and express their creativity at the same time.

The best part? There’s a free printable template that makes this craft even easier!

Preschoolers, kindergarteners, and early elementary children will love creating these puppets to play with.

And, be sure to look through all of our paper bag puppets for even more ideas!

Alligator Craft For Preschool

paper bag alligator craft image collage with the words alligator paper bag puppet craft in the middle

Supplies

  • Brown paper bag
  • Colored cardstock or construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Alligator template (enter your email in the form at the end of this post to have the link sent to you)

Directions

Download the alligator template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.

hand holding paper bag alligator craft template

If you want the background to be colorful, glue the colored rectangle to the flap portion of the brown paper bag.

hand gluing blue rectangle to brown paper bag

Begin to create the alligator’s head by gluing the eyes in the circular section at the top of the head.

hand gluing eye to paper bag alligator head

Place the cheek to the right of the mouth and glue it in place.

hand gluing cheek to paper bag alligator head

Optionally, glue the teeth along the mouth.

hand gluing teeth to paper bag alligator head

Take the completed alligator head and glue it to the flap portion of the bag.

hand gluing head to paper bag alligator craft

Next, glue the arms to the back and a few inches from the top of the alligator’s body.

Position the legs at the bottom of the bottom and glue them to the back.

hand gluing legs to paper bag alligator craft

Glue the belly to the middle of the alligator’s body.

hand gluing belly to paper bag alligator craft

Finish off the puppet by gluing the completed body to the main portion of the brown paper bag.

hand gluing body to paper bag alligator craft

And now your child is done! Isn’t that simple and cute?!

Alligator paper bag puppet craft

Animal Unit For Kids

Do you want to create an entire animal unit around this alligator craft? If so, keep reading on for more ideas!

Reading aloud is an important activity for preschoolers. Reading out loud not only improves their language skills but also helps them develop listening comprehension skills so they’re prepared for school. You’ll be amazed at how much your child will learn from just hearing the sound of your voice! That’s why we recommend starting any unit with books!

Below are some of our favorite animal books for kids:

The Box Turtle: Terrance is one unusual turtle. He was born without a shell, so he carries around a box on his back at all times. Follow Terrance on an adventure to discover how it’s okay to be different!

Grumpy Monkey: Grumpy Monkey is one grumpy little fellow but he just doesn’t know why. His friends all try to cheer him up, but in the end, he realizes, he just needs one day to feel his emotions and be grumpy!

See You Later, Alligator: Kids who love rhyming and silliness will want to read this cute book about Tortoise leaving on an adventure! On his way out, he must say goodbye to all his friends. But, by the time he’s done, the park gates are closed and he has to stay another day! Kids will want to read this book over and over again.

2 paper bag alligator puppets

Crafting with kids offers tons of benefits. It’s a great way to foster creativity and imagination in your child. Plus, it helps them develop fine motor skills! That’s why we would add even more crafting into your unit studies.

Below are some of our favorite animal crafts for kids:

hand holding Alligator paper bag puppet craft

Little hands can have fun while they learn with these animal do a dot printables. These printables help children work on fine motor skills needed to form letters and numbers, work on their hand-eye coordination, and more!

We all know that kids love animals. These zoo animal worksheets are a set of educational and fun activities for preschoolers to work on problem-solving, handwriting, simple math skills such as counting and addition.

Sensory activities are also another activity you’ll want to incorporate into your zoo animal theme. This zoo sensory bin is perfect for letting the kids have some independent playtime.

These felt zoo animals with world maps are an amazing educational resource that is great for engaging children and teaching about animals all around the world!

Share With Us

Did you make this craft with your kids or students? We’d love to feature them on our social media!

For a chance to have your child’s craft featured, simply snap a picture of the completed project and post it to our Facebook page, email it to us directly by clicking here, or use #simpleeverydaymom on your social media!

More Animal Ideas For Kids

2 paper bag alligator puppets

Alligator Paper Bag Puppet Craft

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

This paper bag alligator craft is a great way to teach about zoo animals! Download the free template and get crafting!

Materials

  • Brown paper bag
  • Colored cardstock or construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Alligator template

Instructions

  1. Download the alligator template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
  2. If you want the background to be colorful, glue the colored rectangle to the flap portion of the brown paper bag.
  3. Begin to create the alligator's head by gluing the eyes in the circular section at the top of the head.
  4. Place the cheek to the right of the mouth and glue it in place.
  5. Optionally, glue the teeth along the mouth.
  6. Take the completed alligator head and glue it to the flap portion of the bag.
  7. Next, glue the arms to the back and a few inches from the top of the alligator's body.
  8. Position the legs at the bottom of the bottom and glue them to the back.
  9. Glue the belly to the middle of the alligator's body.
  10. Finish off the puppet by gluing the completed body to the main portion of the brown paper bag.
  11. And now your child is done! Isn't that simple and cute?!

Did you make this craft?

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Free Alligator Template

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Karen Henry

Tuesday 24th of August 2021

Can't wait to try these fun activities!

Sam

Tuesday 24th of August 2021

Yay! Hope everyone has fun!

Helen Gilbert

Tuesday 24th of August 2021

will go well with a story I read

Sam

Tuesday 24th of August 2021

Perfect! Love hearing that! Just curious...which story is it?

Leslie Osborne

Tuesday 24th of August 2021

great

Sam

Tuesday 24th of August 2021

Thank you!

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