Alligator Puzzle

Activity:  A picture of an alligator is cut into 8 pieces to create a puzzle to be put together.

Lesson:  Puzzles, matching shapes and colors


  • Felt:
    • 1 sheet for your page (I used orange)
    • 1 sheet for your puzzle backing (I used dark blue)
    • Scraps (I used light and dark green)
  • Animal for your puzzle (I used a foam alligator I found at Michaels)
  • Felt glue
  • 8 velcro dots
  • Sharpie


  1. This page is the one that is easiest to customize, so I will tell you what I did and generalize what you could do.
  2. I didn’t trust my felt making skills, so I purchased a foam alligator from Michaels and glued the pieces together.  Get whatever animal you like, or in my case, this was the only thing I could find.
  3. Glue your animal onto a felt piece you will use as the backing of your puzzle pieces.  I chose a dark blue to look like water.
  4. Decorate your puzzle further.  I added some pieces of green felt to look like grass.
  5. Cut your puzzle into how many pieces you think works best.  I thought cutting them into actually puzzle-like shapes would be too complicated, so I opted for 8 easy squares.  It was easiest for me to draw straight lines I measured out on the back of my puzzle and then cut along the lines.
  6. Lay your pieces onto your large sheet how you want them to be velcroed down.  Remember to offset your puzzle about an inch so you have room for binding.  Removing only one piece at a time, glue velcro dots to the back of each piece using felt glue and then attach to the large felt sheet.  I made the clear velcro attach to the orange felt so it was less visible.  Repeat this with each piece until they are all velcroed down.
  7. Done!

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