Reading comprehension can be tough for some children when it comes to learning facts about things like animals where the topics can be technical. One way that I like to make this learning more fun is to create a game that will turn the emphasis into learning with fun about facts instead of just learning facts from a list. When the facts come in a storybook geared towards children it makes it that much more fun to make the fact learning into a fun game. With that in mind, I set out to create a fun fact or fiction themed game for the Hands-On Activities for Kids Monthly Link-Up that would not only be fun to make, but also tie into a fun book too. My hope is that this hands-on DIY Fact or Fiction Saltwater Crocodile Game to go along with Saltwater Crocodiles by Katie Marsico will help make your storybook learning fun, in a hands-on way that works on reading comprehension.
This storybook lends itself nicely to a fun fact or fiction game to help your child work on their reading comprehension skills with facts. The book is jam-packed with facts, but they are presented in a child friendly way that they can relate to and absorb while they learn. The book is all about saltwater crocodiles, and I mean ALL about them. From what they are to where they live to what they eat and much, much more.
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This month my children and I created a very hands-on storybook themed fact or fiction game reinforce our reading comprehension skills as they pertain to facts about saltwater crocodiles. This storybook activity should be fun and easy to make, while being even more fun to play! Any child should be able to have fun making this hands-on craft to go along with the facts presented in Saltwater Crocodiles by Katie Marsico as they learn all about saltwater crocodiles with facts.
To make your very own hands-on DIY Fact or Fiction Saltwater Crocodile Game to go with the storybook Saltwater Crocodiles you will need the following materials to make two crocodiles:
- A copy of Saltwater Crocodiles by Katie Marsico
- DIY Fact or Fiction Saltwater Crocodile Game PDF (see below)
- Green Pool Noodle
- White Foam
- Pom Pom Balls (White, Black)
- Puffy Paint, Green
- Hot Glue and Glue Gun
- Small Water Bottle
- Fun Squirt Guns (we got ours from the Dollar Store)
Start by following these easy instructions to make your very own DIY Fact or Fiction Saltwater Crocodiles to use in your game to go with the storybook Saltwater Crocodiles as you read it with or to your children. Make sure you follow the instructions and make two crocodiles…
Start by cutting a small piece off of your green pool noodle. I found that a 5 inch piece worked best. Once it is cut off the end, carefully cut it in half from the front to the back.
Then, cut a small piece off the edge of the top or bottom halves, in the back, to make the opening of the jaw.
Carefully hot glue the mouth pieces together in the open position.
Next, two rows of teeth out of the white foam. You can make them in any pattern you want.
Carefully hot glue the teeth onto the two sides of your mouth.
Next comes the fun part. Use hot glue to attach two large white pom pom balls for eyes to the top of your mouth. Then, use hot glue again to attach two smaller black pom pom balls to the white ones to complete your eyes. To finish off your DIY Fact or Fiction Saltwater Crocodile you can either use two small green pom pom balls for the nostrils or use green puffy paint like I did. I just do not know why, but I love my puffy paints. Once it is all dry attach a small water bottle to the back of your crocodile’s mouth.
Voila! Your DIY Fact or Fiction Saltwater Crocodile is now ready for you to play the game with! But how do you play you say?
Place your DIY Fact or Fiction Saltwater Crocodile on a ledge or table or other suitable location outside. Fill your squirt guns and get ready to play the game. Re-read the book at least once and then read the questions to them. All the questions are true or false and are located in my FREE DIY Fact or Fiction Saltwater Crocodile Game printable. When you ask a question your children can shoot their answers to make it really fun!
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If you are looking for additional crocodile fun why not check out my Easy Spitting Slime Eels Kid’s Activity Inspired by the Octonauts Crocodiles and Crabs DVD review and fun as well.
Interested in learning about reptiles and amphibians? Why not see if my Let’s Learn About Reptiles and Amphibians educational pack has what you need. This pack is perfect for children in the 2nd through 4th grades who are learning about reptiles and amphibians, like saltwater crocodiles.
Or, do you want to know how to teach the difference between a reptile and amphibian? My Study of Animals, Part 8 might be just what you are looking for. This series discusses and teaches children all about animal classification.
Are your ready to expand your knowledge of saltwater crocodiles with this DIY Fact or Fiction Saltwater Crocodile Game yet?