I love a brand-new block of construction paper, and so does my oldest! The potential is endless. My inspiration for this activity actually comes from the paper itself, as there was a photo of this exact craft as an idea.
Crocodiles are found in large numbers in the tropical north of Australia; the saltwater crocodile population in Australia is estimated at 100,000 to 200,000 adults. Crocodiles are associated with famous figures in Australia such as “Steve Irwin, Crocodile Hunter” and “Crocodile Dundee” – I thought it was only right we did a Crocodile-themed activity as we studied Australia.
So I created a crocodile outline. You can download it HERE.
I traced around my pattern and cut out my crocodile from green paper. Naturally I made two, one for my daughter and one for myself. My toddler just likes to eat paper so far, so she did not participate.
My oldest loves any activity where she can practice her scissor skills!
Once the crocodile had been cut out, I cut three lines transversing from the next around to the tail. I then cut out strips of brightly colored paper to weave.
I think she did an excellent job – great fine motor skills and good for strengthening little hands!
Once he was completely “woven” we glued the ends of the strips onto the body and added googly eyes.
Here’s mine after I finished weaving for comparison – I think my kiddo did a great job!
Add a little piece of black for a nose and you’re done – how cute is he? Of course I never want to meet a crocodile outside of a zoo or wildlife exhibit, haha.