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From Mrs. B Zebra class. Colored and cut out a frog and then fan-folded pink construction paper strip for the tongue. A fly is glued to the end of the tongue.

We made a viewfinder for the life cycle of the frog.

I painted a melon ball scooper green and added some googly eyes to make our hungry frog. Children feed the frog insects and place the correct number of insects in each numbered cup.

Life cycle of frog using sequencing cards

File folder game called Leap Frog. Objective- labeling number that comes before. Child places the correct numbered frog on the blank frog of the pair.

After reading the book "Big Mouthed Frog" we made our own big mouth frog puppets.

This child is playing with a math manipulative I made to go along with the poem "5 Tadpoles". See below for more pics. Click here to get graphics and poem to make your own.

Children remove tadpoles (attached with Velcro) as recite poem - learning ordinal numbers too - and place inside grocery bag.

At poems end open bottom flap of grocery bag to reveal frogs.

5 Green and Speckled Frogs prop- as you sing the familiar song flip the frogs upside down as you count down. Get the pattern from Math Works

Here two girls are singing the song and using the prop (notice how 3 frogs are upside down and 2 are right side up).

Froggy Catch Game
Each child has their own blower. They color a frog and poke a hole in the center and slide it on their blower. I drew and cut out several insects out of gray felt and programmed the back of each insect with a number. Then I put a small piece of the hooked-side of Velcro at the end of each blower.
To play the game a child uses his frog's tongue (blower) to catch a bug (the Velcro will stick to the felt). He then turns the bug over and identifies the number. When finished the child can put the bugs in numerical order.
Extensions of the game - have child catch two bugs and say which number is higher and which is lower. Have child catch a bug, identify number and stack that number of unifix cubes. Have child catch two bugs and write an equation.
Froggy Catch Literacy Game
Program back of bugs with alphabet. Child catches bug, identifies letter and sound.
Extension: Program back of bugs with consonants. Use magnetic letters to make a word family, such as "at" on table. Child catches a bug, identifies the letter and sound, places it in front of the word family to make a new word. Child can write new word also.

Life cycle poster and sequencing cards

get your free prop here:
5 Green and Speckled Frogs
- Must be unzipped first. Print pond scene on legal size paper. Print and cut out frogs. Using Velcro attach frogs to log and pond. Children move frogs from log to pond as they sing song and count down.

Submitted by Dottie
5 green and speckled frogs sat on a freckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs,
Yum, yum!
One jumped into the pool where it was nice and cool.
Now there are 4 green speckled frogs.
Glug, glug!
4 green and speckled frogs…
3 green and speckled frogs…
2 green and speckled frogs…
1 green and speckled frogs…
Then there were no green freckled frogs. Glug, glug.

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More Frog Activities

Frogs of the World
Cut out frog shapes and talk about how poisonous frogs are brightly colored. Let them color their own frogs in the bright red, green, purples, etc. Then make a frog habitat on a poster board with lily pads and a pond - and bugs.

Hop Little Froggy
Submitted by Terrance
Hop little, hop little, hop little Froggy.(hop fingers up arm)
Don't be slow,(shake index finger) and don't be soggy.(shake other index finger)
Hop little, hop little, hop little froggy,(hop fingers
You'll have flies for breakfast.(spoon up flies)

Hop little, hop little, hop little Froggy.
Don't be slow, and don't be soggy.
Hop little, hop little, hop little froggy,
 You'll have flies for lunch.

Hop little, hop little, hop little Froggy.
Don't be slow, and don't be soggy.
Hop little, hop little, hop little froggy,
You'll have flies for dinner,
And ice cream for dessert!(rub tummy)

(sung to the tune of "I'm a Little Teapot")
I'm a little froggy,
Slick and green.
I once was a tadpole,
As you have seen.
Then I grew some strong legs
While swimming about,
And now I'm a frog.
Hurray, let's shout!

Five Little Frogs--Flannel story
Five little frogs
Were down at the pond,
Down at the pond at play.
Along came a hungry_________,
And chased one frog away.

Four little frogs,
Were down at the pond,
Down at the pond at play.
Along came a wiggly________.
And chased one frog away.

Three little frogs
Were down at the pond,
Down at the pond at play.
Along came a giant_________,
And chased one frog away.

Two little frogs
Were down at the pond,
Down at the pond at play,
Along came a purple________,
And chased one frog away.

One little frog
Was down at the pond,
Down at the pond at play,
Along came a flying_________,
And chased the frog away.

Then no little frogs
were down at the pond,
 Down at the pond at play.
 Where do you think the little frogs went.
When they all hopped away.

Tell the children that some kinds of frogs change their skin from light to dark green, depending on where they are. Ex. If a frog sat on a white rock, would the skin be light or dark green? answer: light green Ask children other questions like, if a frog sits on a leaf what shade of green would he be? etc.....
Extension: Go to a paint store and pick up a paint chip card for the color green. Cut out the individual color chips and mount them on index cards. Let the children arrange the colors from light to dark.

Stuffed Frogs
Cut two frogs from construction paper.  Children can draw on features.
Staple around the frog leaving an open space.  Children can stuff them with cotton and staple the opening closed.

Submitted by Jan
I'm A Little Turtle
(sung to the tune of "I'm A Little Teapot")

I'm a little turtle with a shell,
I have four legs, a head, and a tail,
When I get so scared I want to hide,
I pull my head and legs inside!

Five little frogs
Were down at the pond
Down at the pond at play
Along came a hungry ________,
And chased one frog away.

Four little frogs
Were down at the pond
Down at the pond at play.
Along came a wiggly ________,
And chased one frog away.

Three little frogs
Were down at the pond
Down at the pond at play
Along came a giant ________,
And chased one frog away.

Two little frogs
Were down at the pond
Down at the pond at play
And chased one frog away.

One little frog
Was down at the pond
Down at the pond at play
Along came a flying ________,
And chased one frog away.

Then no little frogs
Were down at the pond
Down at the pond at play
Where do you think the little frogs went
When they all hopped away?

I did this with my children this week and they all enjoyed it.  You could add something for a log and sing the song Three Speckled Frogs.
Lily-Pad Floats
lime sherbet
plastic cups
gummy frogs (three per child)
plastic spoons

Help each child place a small scoop of lime sherbet in the bottom of a cup.
Fill each cup with lemonade.  Add a gummy frog.  Enjoy.

Submitted by Kim
One child sits in the middle of the circle, hiding eyes, crouched down into a ball.  Everyone else chants:
Froggy in the Pond, fast a-sleep,
Froggy inn the pond, fast a-sleep,
Little froggy if your wise,
you will open up your eyes!
Leap, froggy,
Leap froggy,
leap, leap, leap!
Child(frog) in the middle wakes up and "leaps" on cue.  all take a turn!

Big Mouth Frog Flannel Board Story
Submitted by Jan
The Big Mouth Frog
You will need: 1 frog (or you can use two-one with a big mouth and one with  small mouth), 1 giraffe, 1 elephant, 1 crocodile,
Once upon a time there was a little frog with a Very Big Mouth. The frog use to drive everyone crazy with his big mouth. He was always opening it and hollering at people."HI! WHO ARE YOU? I'M THE BIG MOUTH FROG!"(as you say it make your own mouth big and wide) One morning he decided to find out what everyone ate for breakfast. He hopped out of his frog pond, hopped to the zoo, and began to pester all the animals. The first animal he met was a giraffe. "HI! WHO ARE YOU? WHAT DO YOU EAT FOR BREAKFAST?" The giraffe looked down. "I am a giraffe. I eat leaves for breakfast." "Well, I'M THE BIG MOUTH FROG! I EAT FLIES FOR BREAKFAST!" He stuck out his long tongue, and SLUUUUURP, he caught a fly. Continue with: elephant - leaves; monkeys - bananas; The Big mouth frog went to visit the crocodile. "Hi! WHO ARE YOU? WHAT DO YOU EAT FOR BREAKFAST?" "I am the crocodile. I eat BIG MOUTH FROG for breakfast. Who did you say you were?" I'M THE BIG MOUTH-Ooops! I'm the small mouth frog.(have your mouth go form wide open I eat FL-Ooops... mo-o-squi-i-to-o-es for breakfast."And the small mouth frog hopped right back to his pond. oooh...ooooh(his mouth is making a tiny "o")

Re: Frog Poem
Submitted by Sally
Five Little Froggies
Five little froggies sitting on a well
One looked up, and down he fell.
Froggies jumped high,
Froggies jumped low.
Four little froggies sitting on a well
One looked up, and down he fell.
Froggies jumped high,
Froggies jumped low.
Three little froggies sitting on a well
One looked up, and down he fell.
Froggies jumped high,
Froggies jumped low.
Two little froggies sitting on a well
One looked up, and down he fell.
Froggies jumped high,
Froggies jumped low.
One little froggy sitting on a well
He looked up, and down he fell.

 Sequence the above story
 Observe tadpole growth. Most bait shops have tadpoles. Or scoop water from lake, pond, fountain, or muddy puddle and you will usually catch some. Put in glass bowl. Observe and graph.
Fine Motor:
 Cut large lily pad shapes out of construction or butcher paper. Put small dab of green on shape and let children pretend fingers are frogs hopping from here to there as they spread the paint.
 Make a Big Mouth Frog. Need paper plate, 2 cotton balls, and 2 small black circles, red tongue and 4 green strips for legs cut from construction paper. Fold paper plate in half. Glue cotton balls on top. Add black circles to cotton balls to make eyes. Glue red tongue to inside of folded plate. Glue 4 legs to bottom of plate.
 Lily Pad Cookies
Round cookies or crackers, Green icing
Let each child spread icing on cracker

Title: Mary had a Little Frog
Submitted by Peg
Tune: Mary had a Little Lamb
Mary had a little frog
Little, frog, little frog
Mary had a little frog
It's skin was green as grass
And everywhere that Mary went
Mary went, Mary went
Everywhere that Mary went
The frog would jump and splash

Title: Frogs (flannel board activity)
Following submitted by Shelley
5 little frogs sat on the shore, one went for a swim and then there were 4.
4 little frogs looked out to sea, one went swimming and then there were 3.
3 little frogs said, "What can we do?" 1 jumped in the water then there were 2.
 2 little frogs sat in the sun, this one swam and then there was one.
1 little frog said, "This is no fun." so he dove in the water and then there were none.

Some activities to go with this:
1) Feed the frog:  Draw a large frog on a poster board.  Cut out the mouth and have the children throw bean bags through the frogs mouth.
2)  Frog fishing:  Use a magnetic fishing rod to catch precut frog shapes with an attached magnet.  Add letters, numbers, shapes, etc. to make this game more challenging.
3)  Have the children paint precut frog shapes.  After they have dried add a popsicle stick to create a puppet
4)  Bring out the bells at circle time and use to this song. Adjust your bell playing volume soft, loud, etc.
5 little froggies sitting on a well,
1 peeked in and down he fell.
Froggies jumped high, froggies jumped low
Froggies jumped everywhere, to and fro!

Slippery Salamanders
self-seal sandwich bags
cookie sheet
aluminum foil
For each different color salamander you'll need:
1 1/2c. apple juice
1 3 oz. pkg. jello (yellow, red, green or orange)
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
5 ice cubes
Directions: Heat 1/2 the apple juice in a small pan. Add flavored gelatin and stir until dissolved. Pour remaining juice in a bowl, sprinkle with unflavored gelatin and stir. Pour cool mixture over hot and add ice cubes. Stir until most of the ice is melted. Refrigerate about 20 min. until mixture is the texture of pudding. Pour 1/2 of mixture into sandwich bags. Seal bag, leaving corner of bag open. Cover cookie sheet with foil and slowly squeeze jello into 2-in. squiggles.
Chill 2 hr. and enjoy some wiggly, squiggly salamanders.

A Salamander
I saw a little creature that was slimy, smooth, and wet.
I thought it was the oddest thing that I had ever met.
It was something like a lizard, but it had no scales at all.
It was something like a frog, but it didn't hop- it crawled.
So I took it to my teacher and she told me right away,
" I see you brought a salamander into class today."



Arts & Crafts
Turtle Puppet
Color two paper plates, one to resemble the top shell on a turtle and one to resemble the bottom shell. Staple together on sides only. Now put
your arm into a green sock that you have glued wiggly eyes on and slip it through the two plates. It's a wonderful (cheap) way to make a turtle
puppet for story time!

Lizard Bracelet
Cut out a lizard and let the children color it. Wrap him around your wrist staple the tail to the head.

Take a large circle, cut a spiral into the circle. Add two eyes and a tongue and hang. It will bounce a little!

Treasures Stones/Reptile Eggs
1 cup of flour
1 cup used coffee grinds
1/2 cup salt
1/4 cup sand
3/4 cup water
Mix all dry ingredients together. Slowly add water and knead until mixture is consistency of bread dough. Break off piece of dough and roll
into ball (bigger than object you would like to hide inside). Make a hole in center of ball and fill with treasure, seal with extra dough.
Let treasure air dry for 2-3 days or until hard, or bake on cookie sheet in 150 degree oven for 15-20 minutes.

Spool Snake
Collect old thread spools that are empty and put a string down the center of each spool. When you put a lot together they form a long
snake. You can paint your snake or color with markers.

Paper Plate Snake
Make a snake out of a paper plate: First color with markers or paint the entire front of a paper plate and let it dry. Next, starting at the
outside edge, begin cutting around the plate to create a spiral, turning as you cut. When you get to the inside, cut the end to make it look like
the snake's head. Add stickers or glitter to the snake, then poke a hole in the head and tie on a piece of string to hang it from the ceiling. If
you are studying specific types of snakes, you could make each snake with the unique markings that distinguish it from the others. (Children
love to see a three-dimensional creation spring from a two-dimensional object; this is a neat art activity to demonstrate this effect.)

Group Snake
Give each child a different colored piece of construction paper to decorate any way they wish- paint, crayons, marker, glued on things -
whatever. Then attach them all with a head and tail that you make and you have a very long snake when you are done - it is beautiful!

Slithery Snakes
Measure the width of the playground tires & cut long white paper accordingly. Wrap the paper around the tire & secure with tape. Have
kids rub entire paper with the sides of green and brown crayons so the tread pattern is transformed to the paper. Remove paper from tire & cut
ends so the corners are rounded. Add 2 black eye dots & a red paper forked tongue.

Paper Towel Roll Snakes
Start at the end of the paper roll & cut in a circular or spiral line.
At the end cut a head shape, then cut the tail into a tapered shape. Let the kids paint the "snake". When dry they can wrap it around their arm.

Small Snakes
Wind colored pipe cleaners around a pencil to make snakes. Plant a fallen branch in a bucket of sand and wind the snakes around the

An art project
Cut bubble wrap the shape of a lizard. Have the kids use brightly colored neon paint and mini-paint rollers. Roll paint on bubble wrap and
then press pieces of paper over the bubbles to make scaly lizard pictures.

Necktie Snakes
If you have a source or each child can bring in an old neck tie, they make nice snakes. Glue the small end of the tie closed or sew closed. If you want to make a rattle snake you can put a couple of bells in then tie a string to mark the tail end. Finish stuffing with any type of stuffing you have, paper, cotton, Polyfil etc. When you get to the large end glue or sew shut. You can also tie a string about four to five inches from the end to make a head and leave the head floppy. You need to glue on eyes (wigglies are my favorite) and a red felt tongue. These not only make cute toys but door draft dodgers when placed along the bottom of a closed door.
You can also slide an opened hanger from one end to the other so you can pose the snake but it makes it an unsafe toy for under 5 group.

Slinky Straw Snake
The slinky snake is lots of fun to make. Once made the children can manipulate the body into almost any shape.
Plastic soda straws
One length heavy string or yarn with a tip made from tape per child
One construction paper head and tail pattern per snake

Transparent taper
paper punch
paper reinforcements
Directions: 1. For each child, cut a length of 24" string or yarn. Tape the end for easier threading of the straws.
2. For each child cut several straws up into sections about 1" long. If you want extra long snakes, then cut longer lengths of string and more straw segments.
3. Cut out a snake head and tail for each child. Have the children draw snake eyes on the head and then color the head and tail. Punch holes and reinforce with paper reinforcement at each hole for strength.
4. Tie untaped end of string to hole in tail. Thread straws on. To finish, tie string through hole in the head, bring the string down and under the snake's head. Tape string down along the underside of head.
Use the remaining string to pull the snake along. You can also make one of these snakes out of tissue tubes.

Silly Pet Spider
Paper nut cup or egg carton cup
Eight 3" pieces of pipe cleaner or eight twist ties
Materials for eyes, Cheerios, paper, etc.
1. Decorate the nut cup to make it look like the face of a spider.
2. With adult help, using the tip of a pencil, poke 8 holes around the bottom edge of the nut cup.
3. To make the spider's legs, insert pipe cleaners into the pencil holes.

Make alligators out of clothes pins painted green with yellow tiny pompons for bumps down the back.

Alligator Puppet
Construction paper, Paper Bag
Draw & cut out the eyes, nose & the upper section of the alligators mouth from construction paper. Glue them to the bottom of the paper bag.
Draw &; cut out the inside of the mouth & the two front feet from paper  Glue them to the front of the bag. Attach a tail to the back of the bag.
Place your hand inside the bag & curve your fingers over the fold to move the puppet.

Games & Activities
Measuring Snakes
Measure out different kinds of snakes with yarn. The kids will be amaze by how long a boa constrictor really is!

If you ever find a live toad you can show the children this neat fact:
Feel a toad's eyes and you will feel a flat surface. Feel your eyes and you will feel they are rounded. A toad's eye can be used to help push
his food down his throat.

Reptile Play
Purchase plastic reptiles and add them to your sand and block areas. Be sure to preface, and follow through, with nonfiction picture books from
your local library.

The Chameleon Game
After explaining that chameleons blend with their environment, kids can be chameleons in reverse, finding colors in the environment that match
their clothes. People wearing the same color as the rug can lay down there, people wearing the same color as the wall stand against it,
people wearing the color of the couch sit on it, etc.

Group pictures of snakes in one row, and pictures of lizards in another, pointing out what makes them different.

Snakey S
The letter S and snake are a good pair. You can color a picture of a snake, and write it's sound. It's very phonetically memorable, if you
make the sound while you write it. You can add descriptive words to the discussions such as slithering, slimy, etc. If you have a pretend rubber
snake, you can paste it to a piece of paper in the shape of an S.

Color Turtles
Cut turtle shapes out of light green construction paper. Give each child a turtle shape and help the child use crayons to draw one dot of red,
black, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, white and orange on the turtles back. Then recite the poem and have the children point to each
color on the turtles back as you name it. I can name these colors,
All so very bright,
Red, yellow, blue, purple,
Green, brown and white.
Don't forget the color orange
And the the color black,
These are the colors of the dots
Upon my turtle's back.

Turtle Races
Make three to five turtles and let the children race them. Cut turtle shapes out of green poster board, number or name each one. Punch a hold just above the center of each turtle and put a five to eight foot long piece of string through it. Get one chair for each turtle. Tie one end of each piece of string to one of the legs of a chair. Line up the chairs along the finish line. Have the children who are racing their turtles stand in a row at the starting line. Each child should hold the loose end of one of the strings. Begin the race with the turtles near the children's hands. When you say "Go" the children who are racing should start jiggling their pieces of string so that the turtles bound toward the finish line. The other children should pick a turtle and cheer for it. Which turtle made it to the end first? Which one was last? Race again.

Recipes & Snacks
Snake Cakes
Make patty cakes and join them together in the shape of a snake. Ice
them with green icing.

Snake Sticks
Buy pre made or make your own bread stick dough. Have the children help
roll them out in the shape of snakes on the baking board or tray.
Sprinkle with grated cheese or garlic & butter if desired. Bake
according to directions.

Lizard Skins
1/2 cup Peanut butter
12 ounces Marshmallows
4 drops Green food coloring
4 cups Rice Krispies, Cheerios or Corn Flakes
Heat peanut butter with marshmallows in a large saucepan over low heat
until melted. Add green food coloring and mix in. Pour in cereal and
stir quickly. Spray 8" pan with Pam then pour contents into pan. Allow
to cool in fridge, then cut into long thin strips, about 1" X 4". Cut
each raisin in half and stick on one end of each strip to make the
lizard's eyes.

Snakes to eat
1/3 cup of margarine
1/3 cup corn syrup
1 Tsp vanilla
1/2 Tsp salt
green food coloring
1 lb. powdered sugar
Knead mixture until smooth. Add more sugar if sticky.

Tuna Turtles
Yield: 8 sandwiches
1 can of flaked tuna
small cucumber seeded and chopped
grated carrot
2 tbs thousand island dressing
1 tbs mayonnaise
1 can biscuits
1 tbs sesame seeds (optional)
Heat oven to 450 Cut two biscuits into four pieces. Attach one piece to
sides if the eight remaining biscuits - these are the heads. Score
surface of each biscuit to look like turtle shell. Sprinkle sesame seeds
on the biscuit. Transfer to lightly greased cookie sheet . Bake 8
minutes until golden brown. Cut each turtle biscuit in half horizontally
and fill with tuna salad.

Snapping Turtle Salad
one pear
4 pecan halves
2 cloves
1 green olive
Wash and peel the pear. Cut in half. Place one of the halves hollow-side
down on a salad plate. Use the pecans for feet. Use the green olive for
the head and stick the cloves in for the eyes. Makes one serving.

Songs, Poems & Finger Plays
Boa Song
I'm being swallowed by a boa constrictor,
Boa constrictor, boa constrictor.
I'm being swallowed by a boa constrictor,
Now what do you think of that?
Oh no, he's got my toe
Oh gee, he has my knee
Oh my, he's up to my thigh
Oh fiddle, he's up to my middle
Oh heck, he's up to my neck
I'm being swallowed by a boa constrictor, boa constrictor, boa
I'm being swallowed by a boa constrictor
No! No! No! (In a high squeaky voice)

Snapping Turtle
He snaps in the morning, (snap with hand)
He snaps at night
He snaps at the bugs
As he takes each bite.
He snaps so much,
He's quite a sight.
Snap! Snap! Snap!

Lizard Finger play
(Use fist of one hand to represent the lizard - have pointer finger move in and out of fist quickly to be the lizard's tongue. 5 fingers of the
other hand are the bugs that "disappear" as the lizard's fast tongue "gets" them.)
5 little bugs on the forest floor Along came a sticky tongue lizard ...
SLURP!!! Now there are 4.
4 little bugs on a kapok tree Along came s sticky tongue lizard ...
SLURP!!! Now there are 3.
3 little bugs without a single clue.....
2 little bugs soaking up the hot sun....
1 little bug knew that he was done.....
Now there are none.

If You See
If you see a crocodile,
Do you think it's a pretty sight?
(Make a frightened face)
If you see a snake,
Do you freeze with fright?
(Freeze in position)
If you see an alligator,
Does your heart pound with all it's might?
(Quickly thump fist over heart)
Their reptile families think they're dear
(Hug self)
But people really should steer clear!
(Take giant step backwards)

As he bends and twists and squiggles around, (Do actions as indicated by words)
See Mr. Snake shaping letters on the ground. (Point to ground)
First an "S"
Now an "N"
Then an "A"
Next a "K"
And an "E"
(Make giant size letters in the air as each letter is mentioned)
He's spelled out his name for us all to see.
"S-N-A-K-E" (spell name aloud)

On The Back Of A Crocodile
She sailed away
On a bright and sunny day
On the back of a crocodile
You see said she
He's as tame as he can be,
I'll ride him down the Nile,
The croc winked his eye
As she waved a fond good bye Wearing a happy grin.
At the end of the ride,
The lady was inside,
And the smile was on the crocodile.

The Alligator is my Friend
The Alligator is my friend, he can be your friend too
If only you would understand that he has feelings too
The alligator laughs and sings, he never cries the blues
I'd rather have him on my shirt than have him for my shoes
Alligator,alligator, can be your friend, can be your friend,
Can be your friend too

Submitted by Kyle
The Pre-K class really gets a giggle out of this one!
Put the words to your own little tune!Or do as a finger play.
She sailed away(salute) on a bright & sunny day, on the back of a crocodile...(hold hands above head, to show sun)
You see said she,(point finger) he's as tame as he can be, I'll ride him down the Nile...(hold palms together, and "swim")
The croc winked his eye,(wink eye) as she waved them all goodbye, wearing a happy smile...(Wave & smile)
At the end of the ride, the lady was INSIDE,(point to tummy) and the smile was on the crocodile!(Point to smile on your face)

Submitted by Lori
I have an alligator pattern that I make out of a capital A.  I turn it sideways.  I glue an eye on the top leg of the A.  I also glue white triangles inside the legs of the A. Then, we glue green triangles down the back and a large green on at the top point.  This makes the tail. The children love to make animals out of letters.  I have a pattern for every letter.  Parents can't wait to see what's next.

How to tell alligators and crocodiles apart:  the fourth tooth of an alligator’s lower jaw fits into a pocket on his upper jaw.  The same tooth on a crocodile fits into a groove in the side of his upper jaw—his tooth is
visible even when his mouth is closed.  Also the alligator has a much broader snout than the crocodile.

Good Books:
Alligators and Crocodiles by Erik D. Stroups and Debbie Lynne Stone
Lyle, Lyle Crocodile by Bernard Waber
See You Later, Alligator by Laura McGee Kvasnosky
There’s an Alligator Under My Bed by Mercer Mayer
Counting Crocodiles by Judy Sierra

Alligator Smile and Crocodile Tears:
Children sit in a circle and one child is chosen to be “it”.  That child must leave the room while you choose
an “alligator”.  “It” returns to the middle of the circle.  Alligator must secretly flash a bright, broad ‘alligator smile’ to someone in the circle without “it” seeing him/her doing it.  The person who was smiled at must lie down and cry ‘crocodile tears’.  Alligator continues to smile until either he is figured out or all the children are shedding ‘crocodile tears’.

Crocodile, Crocodile, Alligator:
Same as Duck, Duck, Goose except they crawl around the circle and if caught they go into the swamp.

Science and Sensory
Swamp Play:
Provide the children with plastic alligators and crocodiles to play in this slimy swamp.
2 cups white glue
1 ½ cups water at room temperature
1 cup hot water
2 ½ Tablespoon Borax
2 mixing bowls
mixing spoons
In smaller bowl, thoroughly blend glue and room-temp water.  In larger bowl combine hot water and Borax.  Stir until Borax is dissolved.  Slowly pour glue mixture into Borax mixture, stirring constantly.  Knead until not sticky.  Will keep in the fridge for a couple weeks.

Another Reptile Swamp:
Shaving Cream and green tempura paint and plastic alligators!

Have children tear construction paper into small pieces and glue them onto alligator shapes paper to create the scaly skin.

Puffy paint Alligators:
Have children squirt puffy paint onto paper and use sponges to create patterns and texture.
Puffy Paint Recipe:
Equal amounts of flour, salt, and water.  Add liquid tempura paint for color.  Pour into squeeze bottles.

Reptile Skins:
Let children crumple up a sheet of newsprint into a tight ball.  Then have them lay the paper flat on the table.  It will be crinkly like a reptile.
Provide two or three shades of green paint and maybe a brown as well, and let them use sponges to paint the paper.  It will look just like an alligator skin.


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