Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Letter A: a is for alligator: roundup

A is for alligator is a tricky one - many of the alphabet craft post use this idea originally from no time for flash cards (I think) to make alligator jaws from the capital letter A.  But, whilst it is a great alphabet craft I can't help thinking 1) how many children think this is a crocodile, which definitely doesn't begin with a and 2) it is a capital letter A and since the majority of letters in any writing that my children come across are lowercase is it not weird to start with capital letters?  However, since I have been deliberately finding free preschool printables for use with B now that he is at Nursery during the mornings I came across this post on one of my all time favourite blogs for printables lawteedah.  This has encouraged me to put an alligator theme in as part of our letter A resources.  Stand by for a long post but bear with me and maybe you might find just the thing you have been looking for.

The original lawteedah post has

  • "A" magnet page
  • alligator lacing card
  • match upper and lower case coloured alligator puzzles
  • 6 piece puzzle
  • colouring page
along with some tracing and cutting pages.

First School has some alligator printables

  • progressive puzzle (shown above)
  • colouring pages
  • handwriting tracers
  • paper bag puppet craft
Colouring WS has some more colouring pages

Enchanted Learning has an alligator card to make

Colouring and letter tracers (both upper and lower case) from Soft Schools

Colour-by-number by Ziggity Zoom

THE master list of alligator crafts is on Artist Helping Children - loads of links to other sites

ESL teachers has this idea for a feed the alligator throwing activity for gross motor skills and co-ordination has an alligator maze - for my bigger kids really so they can feel involved

Here is a printable for older children which has a quiz and wordsearch as well as a letter scramble game (answers included)

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