ALLIGATOR PIE – Shape, Colour, Handprints

Students learn the Dennis Lee poem, Alligator Pie, and then make a painting of an alligator using lines, colour and handprints.

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ALLIGATOR PIE – Shape, Colour, Handprints


  • Crayola Washable Glitter Project Paint - 6 Count
  • Crayola Variety Brush Set - 5 Count
  • Crayola Marker & Watercolour Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12")
  • Crayola Washable No-Run School Glue
  • Small Shells
  • Googly Eyes


Step 1
  1. Paint your hand.
  2. Cover all the finger tips and the palm of your hand.
Step 2
  1. Think of the shape of an alligator.
  2. Use the shape of your hands to make an alligator.
  3. Press your painted hand onto the paper.
  4. Make sure the fingers touch the paper too.
  5. What part of the alligator will this be?
Step 3
  1. Use more handprints to make the rest of the body, the head and the tail.
  2. Add more details with contrasting colours.
  3. Add googly eyes and shells if you like.
Step 4
  1. View your painting with fresh eyes.
  2. Think about the alligator in Alligator Pie.
  3. What is your alligator thinking?
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