| This is one of a collection of easy-to-
bag puppets for children ages 2+
and older. It can quickly become one of your favorite
"teaching and learning helpers" and a great homemade toy! If you don't have paper bags, that's O.K., because it can also be a
craft stick puppet printed on card stock.
Teaching Aid - Color Version >
The color version, available in gray, is meant for the educator (parent, preschool
teacher, child care provider or baby-sitter) to use as a teaching
helper. Laminate for durability. The black and white version can be printed to
gray craft paper.
Ideas and suggestions:
- Story time helper: The puppet can be your assistant storyteller and reader. It can
bring excitement and enthusiasm into the reading time.
This puppet "helper" can be one of the characters, an ask questions to the children during and
after the reading. Later the children can have fun assembling
their own puppet using the black and white version templates.
- Alphabet: Letter
A Alligator lesson plan printable activities.
Includes matching alphabet activities, basic animal facts and a picture book on video.
Introduce or reinforce letter recognition and early handwriting
skills. You can print the upper and lower case letter on the
body of the puppet.
- Introduce related and new themes: Review topics for this puppet in the themes column on the
- Nutrition and health | Character
Education | Safety
The puppet can be a great aid in those special times when parents need
a fun helper,
and give that little nudge and friendly reminder to have the
children cooperate with chores, learn how to
dress themselves, potty training, alleviate the anxiety related to the
doctor or dentist visits, or to help introduce a new caregiver, meal
times, and safety issues, etc.
- Music and Physical Activity
'Conductor'> Singing, Dancing, Marching, Finger plays >
These puppets are great to get the children in the mood for music and
Craft Version and Homemade Toy > Coloring version black &
Printable Puzzles -
four stages from 18 months to 6
years old - to adapt to children skills and practice letter A.
- Print black and white template. This version can also be printed directly on color craft
paper or construction paper to match a particular character in a book,
for a example a story with a "Blue Alligator."
- This version allows the children to be creative and personalize
the puppet. Provide a
variety of art materials to color, paint and/or decorate the puppet.
| Alligator Paper
head & tail | body
Black & white
head & tail | body
Instructions for assembly
*paper, construction paper or card stock
*lunch size paper bag or Popsicle stick/craft stick/new pencil