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A is for Alligator! We are having such a fun time sharing art, crafts and activities featuring the Letter A during the kick off week of our #ArtTheAlphabet challenge. 

Start with:

  • Paper Plates
  • Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Cardstock
  • Paper Fasteners
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Create it!

Step 1: Fold both sides of two paper plates.

Step 2: Glue the paper plates together at one end, creating a "V" shape.

Step 3: Paint the paper plates and allow to dry.

Step 4: Paint the inside and allow to dry.

Step 5: Create two paper balls for eyes using this tutorial.

Step 6: Glue paper balls to closed end of paper plates.

Step 7: Add black cardstock circles to paper ball eyes.

Step 8: Cut triangles for teeth from paper plates or cardstock and glue to open mouth.

 For more Letter A fun, check out our Adventure Pouch and Apple!

A is for alpaca! Such interesting animals with their wooly hairstyles!

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Paint
  • Painbrush
  • Yarn
  • Cardstock
  • Pom Poms
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Create it!Step 1: Cut cardboard into rectangle and paint. Allow to dry.

Step 2: Cut ears and circle for nose and mouth from cardboard. Paint and allow to dry.

Step 3: From cardstock, cut out eyes and glue to the rectangle.

Step 4: Cut a nose and mouth from cardstock and glue to painted circle.

Step 5: Glue eyes and nose to rectangle.

Step 6: Glue yarn to the rectangle, looping across the top.

Step 7: Cut cardstock for inner ears. Glue to ears. Glue ears to the rectangle.

Step 8: Wrap colored yarn  around the bottom portion of the rectangle.

Step 9: Add pom poms to the collar and eyelashes from cardstock. And teeth if you like!

Winter is the perfect time to play inside - but depending on how long the season, it's always nice to mix things up with some new play opportunities! An arctic small world sensory play bin or area is just the thing to beat the winter blahs!

We looked online and found several different options for coloring chickpeas for icy water. For snow, we used shredded white paper. If you don't have any, coconut or rice are wonderful options too! Finally, we used colored cardstock for ice and added some of our favorite arctic animals!

This can be set up on a table or if you want to contain it a bit more, place it in a shallow box, a baking tray, or plastic bin!

Do you have a preschooler or kindergartner learning to read in your home? Just a few materials are needed to make these simple alphabet cards!

Start with:

  • Cardboard 
  • Crafting Tape
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Create it!

Step 1: Cut cardboard into shapes for letters. (We used light cardboard from a recycled cereal box.)

Step 2: Cover letter portions in crafting tape.

Step 3: If needed, glue letter portions together to create the letters.

Step 4: Glue the letters to cards from cardboard or cardstock.

Simple, colorful and a fun way to practice letters!