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Create an Alligator Case from an Egg Carton

This big-mouthed gator is eager to hold your paper clips, pencils, and lots of other small things. You can make it in no time out of egg cartons.

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Participant Age: 7 to 12
Approximate Cost: Under $10
Duration: Over an hour
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Physical Challenge:
  • three cardboard egg cartons: two with lumpy lids; one with a smooth lid
  • Scissors
  • Tacky-glue
  • Wiggly-eyes
  • green and yellow poster paint
Cut the egg cartons. (You may need an adult's help.)

For the mouth, cut off the last row of egg cups from the ends of two carton bottoms, as shown below.

 

For the curved back and tail, cut off the lip from each lumpy egg-carton top.

 

For the feet and eyes, cut out six individual egg cups from the third egg-carton bottom.

 

Glue parts together.
  • Glue two egg-cup "eyes" to the top mouth part.
  • Glue the backs of the two mouth parts together in open-mouth position.
  • Glue four egg-cup "feet" to the outside of the smooth lid (the gator's belly).
  • For the curved back, bend a lumpy egg-carton lid. Glue it to the belly at the ends. Don't worry if the lid rips a little as you bend it.
  • For the tail, bend another lumpy lid and glue one end to the belly.
  • Glue the mouth to the lid.
Paint and add final touches.
  • When the glue is dry, paint your alligator. (If you paint first, the glue doesn’t hold very well.)
  • When the eye-cup paint is dry, glue on wiggly eyes.

Now give your alligator whatever you want to hold. Don't worry—it won't run off or swallow a thing!

 

 

Craft created by Robin Walker. Photos by Mark Godfrey.


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