How to Make an Alligator Out of Paper

By Jennifer Holik
Children may find alligators scary in real life, but fun to make out of paper.

Alligators are semiaquatic reptiles with broad short heads and a rounded snout. People confuse them with crocodiles which have longer more narrow heads with a pointed snout. Alligators have webbed feet, scaly skin and a fourth tooth on the upper jaw that sticks out of the mouth. Alligators can be found in the southern U.S. and in the eastern part of China. Smaller alligators called caimans are found in Central and South America. Making a paper alligator is a craft children can use to build fine motor skills and have fun at the same time.

Turn a green piece of paper in the landscape orientation. Fold the paper in half.

Draw the shape of an alligator with a pencil. The shape should have a long snout, long tail and two legs. The line of the fold is the alligator's back. Cut six diagonal slits along the alligator's back with a pair of scissors.

Unfold the green piece of paper. Starting with the far right slit, fold it over. Continue folding the slits from right to left, one over the other.

Draw pointy teeth on the alligator with a crayon or marker. Cut out the teeth if you want. Draw an eye on each side of the alligator's head. Decorate and color the alligator with other craft supplies or markers.

About the Author

Jennifer Holik, a professional genealogist, has been writing professionally since 2009. She writes for Chicago-area genealogy society publications. Holik has a Bachelor of Arts in history from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.