There Is a Crocodile Under My Bed! by Ingrid and Dieter Schubert (Lemniscaat, 2015)

CrocodileWhat the book’s about

What would you do if you discovered a snaggle-toothed, gleaming-eyed crocodile under your bed? “There’s a crocodile under my bed!” says Sophie. “And I am not scared at all!” The surprise visitor quickly turns into a friend as Sophie and Carl the crocodile perform circus stunts and prepare a pancake feast. Then it’s on to crocodile crafts and a bedtime story.

Activity: Egg Carton Crocodile

For kids pre-kindergarten through 1st grade

 With a few basic art materials, kids can create their own egg carton crocodiles just like Sophie and Carl in the book. When they’re finished, have kids name their crocodiles and personalize them by adding details.

Supplies

  • Egg cartons — each crocodile needs one that holds a dozen eggs and one that holds half a dozen; be sure to use the cardboard style cartons
  • Tempera paint, brushes, and water for rinsing brushes
  • Newspaper to catch spills
  • Scissors
  • Construction paper, colored cardstock, or other recycled paper or thin cardboard
  • White school glue
  • Pencil or marker
  • Hole punch or pencil
  • String or yarn

Activity

1. Kids paint the outsides of the egg cartons their own cool crocodile colors. Cool craft tip They can practice mixing colors on a “palette” made from an old magazine. When they need a new, clean surface, just flip the page.

2. While the paint is drying, kids cut out crocodile eyes, legs, and tails from construction paper, cardstock, or thin cardboard.

3. After the paint is dry, kids glue eyes, legs, tails, and teeth on crocodiles and add other details or accessories.

4. Kids can put on a skit based on the book and sleep with their own crocodiles under their beds!

Here’s a brief video of kids making the craft

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