Alligators are so much fun … from a distance! I have lots of new, fun alligator learning activities today that use free printables. I have links to the free printables used along with ideas for using the printables to prepare Montessori-inspired activities. You’ll find a variety of activities for preschoolers through first graders.
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My post today extends some fun math activities from an earlier post (“Montessori-Inspired Greater Than Less Than Alligator Math”) and adds some Montessori-inspired alligator language activities.
Greater Than Less Than Alligator Activity
For this activity, I used the Less Than, Greater Than Alligator Mouth Symbols by Montessori Mac at Teachers Pay Teachers. I used a large plastic tray and large hemmed work rug from Montessori Services. (Update: The free printable shown here is no longer free. I have a printable that is similar in our newsletter subscriber freebie Montessori-Inspired Alligator Pack that you can see here.)
My sandpaper numerals are from Alison’s Montessori, although you can find sandpaper numerals on Amazon as well. If you prefer, you can make your own sandpaper numerals (See “DIY Sandpaper Numerals”) or use another type of numeral for this activity. Amazon also has a variety of glass gems, which I used for this and often use for Montessori-inspired activities. I put out 17 glass gems, which is enough to solve any of the problems using the sandpaper numbers.
I have more of an explanation of how to present an activity like this in my “Montessori-Inspired Greater Than Less Than Alligator Math” post. If you use sandpaper numerals, the child can trace the numerals as well as focus on the matching quantity of glass gems and the greater than and less than symbols. The greater than and less than alligator symbols are clear enough that even a young child can understand the concept of greater than and less than.
Which Has More? Ask the Alligator Activity
Hungry, Hungry Alligator Greater Than Less Than Math Game
A is for Alligator Tray
Alligator Chomp Syllable Sorting Activity
This uses the Alligator Chomp Syllable Sort by Jackie Lee at Teachers Pay Teachers and a Montessori Services basket (small willow basket, which is a great size for many card materials). Children could clap out the syllables in each word to place the pictures with words under the correct number of alligators.
Short-A Alligators Word-Family Sort
This activity uses the Word Family Sort – Short a (alligators) by hollybaker at Teachers Pay Teachers. This is obviously not a Montessori-type of printable, but it’s a fun way to add interest to reading CVC words. I didn’t use all the printables for this activity … only 3 word families and 4 alligator words for each word family.
Alligator Printables and Activities for Preschoolers-First Graders
Check out my post and video with hands-on, greater than, less than alligator math using part of our subscriber freebie pack and another free printable!
Montessori-Inspired Alligator Pack for DIY Cards and Counters, Number or Letter Matching, Number or Letter Basket, Bead Bar Work, Hands-on Math Operations, Greater Than/Less Than Work, Number or Letter Salt/Sand Writing Tray, Letter Tracing, DIY Movable Alphabet, and Creative Writing (subscriber freebie, so just sign up for my email to get the link and password – or check your inbox for the current password if you’re already a subscriber).
More Free Alligator Printables
- Alligator/Crocodile Printables from Making Learning Fun
- Aa Alligator Printables from 1+1+1=1
- Alligator Printables from Pre-K Fun
- ABC Do-a-Dot Pages (A is for Alligator) from Homeschool Creations
- Greater Than Less Than Alligator Symbols with Words from First Grade Fanatic
- Greater Than, Less Than, Equal to Alligators from The Measured Mom
- Letter A – Alligator Printables from Lawteedah
- Alligator Printables and Activities from First School
- A is for Alligator Craft by Anna from The Measured Mom at Crystal & Co.
- Alligator Paper Craft from DLTK’s Crafts for Kids
- Printable Monkeys for “Teasing Mr. Alligator” Rhyme from Preschool Alphabet
- Preschool Alligator Songs from We Love Being Moms
- Printable Alligator Valentine from Sky to My Lou
- Alligator Printables from Teachers Pay Teachers
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