Alligators & Crocodiles!

The Plan



The Big Wide-Mouthed Frog by Ana Martin Larranaga
Clarabella’s Teeth by An Vrombaut
Egad, Alligator! by Harriet Ziefert
Snip Snap! by Mara Bergman

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Five Little Alligators”
One little alligator swimming in a pool
Another comes along and now there are two
Two little alligators swimming by a tree
Another comes along and now there are three
Three little alligators swimming near the shore
Another comes along and now there are four
Four little alligators swim, splash, and dive
Another comes along and now there are five
Five little alligators having lots of fun
Mama calls, “It’s time for bed!” and now the fun is done!
Credit: Esther Storytimes

Action Rhyme: “Alligator Alligator”
Alligator, alligator
Long and green
Alligator, alligator,
Teeth so mean
Snapping at a fly
Snapping at a bee
Snapping at a frog
But you can’t catch me!
Credit: Esther Storytimes

Fingerplay: “The Crocodile Loves to Swim”
The crocodile loves to swim
Sometimes he opens his mouth wide
But when he sees me on the shore,
Down in the water he’ll hide.
Modified from: SurLaLune Storytime

Song with Finger Puppets: “Five Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree”
Credit: Childhood



I got the idea for this craft from Family Fun Crafts. You can just imagine all the kids “biting” paper and “snapping” at noses, right?

How It Went

This was a super fun storytime! I loved the books that I chose and the kids had a great time with “Snip Snap” — which was one of the first books I learned to read to kids, way back in library school. The clothespin alligator was a huge success and the kids chased each other around the room, “biting” with their alligators.

6 comments on “Alligators & Crocodiles!

  1. Kim Bell
    August 1, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    Looked all over for a storytime with a crocodile theme, and you had one! I used two of your suggestions, and we had so much fun! Love your blog, thanks for all you do!

    • Katie
      August 5, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

      Thank you for reading! I’m glad you had fun at crocodile storytime!


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