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Alligator Pool Float

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This craft is perfect for the kids who never get out of the pool in the summer! Our pool noodle alligator is kind of the perfect art activity as it uses waterproof materials, simple instructions, and you get a zany pool creature at the end. Be sure to check out the extension idea for younger kids to transform this alligator into a mini bath-time friend.
This craft is perfect for the kids who never get out of the pool in the summer! Our pool noodle alligator is kind of the perfect art activity as it uses waterproof materials, simple instructions, and you get a zany pool creature at the end.

Reminder: Small materials, such as wiggle eyes, can be a choking hazard for small children, so close adult supervision is a must.

What You’ll Need
  • Craft foam

  • Scissors

  • Green pool noodle

  • Wiggle eyes

  • Waterproof glue

  • Permanent marker

  • Rubber band

What to Do

1. Cut out an alligator face, snout, and five scales from craft foam. Use the illustration, below, as a guide. 

Alligator Pool Float

2. In each piece, cut a hole slightly smaller than the width of the pool noodle (so the shapes are tight enough to stay on). 

3. Glue the wiggle eyes to the face. Decorate the face and snout with a permanent marker.

4. Cut two small 1/2-inch sections from one end of the pool noodle. Cut a notch into each section until you reach the empty center of the noodle.

5. On one end of the pool noodle, slide on one section of the pool noodle and secure with a rubber band. Then slide on the face and snout, proceeded by the other section of pool noodle and secure with another rubber band. Slide the scales onto the rest of the noodle.

Extend the Fun

Younger kids: Help your child make a bathtub gator! Use one-third of a pool noodle and cut out two scales. Then have fun playing with it in the bath. What fun stories can you and your child make up together about this mini gator?

Older kids: Your child probably knows the call-and-response, “See you later, alligator. After ‘while, crocodile.” But does he know the difference between alligators and crocodiles? Help him look up info or check out books from the library that explain the difference between the two. What would he need to do to make a pool-noodle crocodile? 

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