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Animal crafts you can make with your kids

Looking for a fun craft you can do with the kids? These animal crafts (which we’ve alphabetized from A to Z) are cute, easy, and made mostly out of materials you already have lying around the house.

Alligator clothespin craft

Alligator animal craft |

Bring your kid’s love for alligators to life with an animal clothespin craft that is quick and easy to make.


  • Clothespin
  • Green paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Green pipe cleaner
  • Scissors
  • Green construction paper
  • Wiggle eyes
  • Craft glue
  • Red paint


  1. Paint your clothespin green everywhere except the bottom.
  2. While your clothespin dries, cut 2 pieces from your green pipe cleaner to form the legs and arms, then bend in a V shape and bend again at the ends for feet and hands.
  3. Glue the pipe cleaner legs and arms inside the clothespin — one towards the back and one inside where the clip will open.
  4. Next, cut a strip of construction paper the same width as your clothespin and accordion fold it down the length of the strip.
  5. Now, place 2 dabs of glue on top of the clothespin leaving enough for the alligator’s nose and affix the eyes. You’ll also need to run a line of glue down the alligator’s back and attach the accordion-folded construction paper to form bumps. You may need to lay it on its back until your glue is set.
  6. Finally, use your paintbrush to add a little red tongue just inside the clip’s opening to make your friendly alligator animal craft complete.

Up next: Bear craft

Originally published February 2014. Updated December 2016.

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