Crocodile Counting

We checked out a great book from the library called Lyle, Lyle Crocodile: Lyle Walks the Dogs.  Lyle the Crocodile has a new job walking dogs.  On day 1 he walks one dog, on day 2 he walks two dogs, etc.  On each page you are introduced to a new dog and asked to count them.  The dogs have humorous names (like Scrappy and Sniffy) and distinct personalities (Scrappy does what he wants and Sniffy likes to sniff).  Even after a squirrel encounter, Lyle manages to do an excellent job.  Since my kids like crocodiles, dogs, and counting this one was a definite winner around here.

In the book, you actually count the dogs, but I took a little creative license here and made some crocodile clothes pins using green and black magic markers.
I made the crocodiles with either one spot, two spots, or three spots.  I made a 1,2,3 card to go with it.
I told Drew that the crocodiles liked to eat the same number of spots that they had on their backs. 
He did so well that I made it a bit more challenging by making a new card with more numbers and adding some spots to those crocs!  This time I used a paint chip for the card.  I would've chosen something other than brown, but that's what I had here.

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24 comments:

  1. I love that you made the clothes pins alligators-so cute!

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  2. I mean crocodiles. I'm doing a middle of the night nursing session at the moment, so my mind isn't all the way there. ;)

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  3. Super cute! Could be adapted for word sorts!

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  4. Wow, this book sounds like one I def need to check out. I love the cute crocodiles and how you used the paint chip card :) So creative! Thanks for linking up to Thinky Linky Thursday!
    Lori @ Cachey Mama’s Classroom

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  5. How very cute! I'm a new follower...I love of all of your book related activities!

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  6. Very cute idea! I have a bunch of clothes pins sitting on my craft shelf. I think I might just have to try this! You've got a new follower :) Visiting from TGIF.

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  7. AWESOME idea! I love it and I am SOOO pinning it! :)

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  8. How cute! My kids would love this! Thank you for sharing!

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  9. That is such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. These are such a cute idea - my sister would have loved them for the birthday party she's hosting today!! Check out her croc cupcakes on my blog today : )

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  11. I love this! Such a great idea. I pinned it. Stopped by from Sun Scholars.

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  12. I love the way these clips turned out AND I love that you used paint samples!! I'd love to invite you to link up with us for Fun Stuff Fridays. http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/01/fun-stuff-fridays-7.html

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  13. I think those are the cutest crocodiles I've ever seen!! Cute idea! Thanks so much for linking up to Sassy Sites for our Friday ffa party! Have a fabulous weekend!

    XOXO!
    marni

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  14. I love it! I still have a Lyle the Crocodile book from when I was younger. this would be fun to pair up with a 5 little monkeys book too!

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  15. So cute and straightforward (as always). Thanks for sharing.

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  16. I love your crocodile clothespins! Great learning activity!

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  17. Oh this is waaaaaaaaaaaaay cute!! It's amazing hot the simple thing of making the clothespin a crocodile makes all the difference, doesn't it =-) Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Have a great week,
    Beth =-)

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  18. Those clothespins are so cute! Thanks for sharing with Afterschool!

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  19. Oh my goodness! These are all cute and great ideas! Love the book go along. Thanks for sharing at AfterSchool.
    Little Wonders' Days

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  20. Congrats! This was the #4 most clicked post on my blog link up, Homeschooling on the Cheap! last week! Great job on linking up something people wanted to read. I loved this, a lot!

    Thanks and the new post & link up is live: http://3boysandadog.com/deals/2012/homeschooling-on-the-cheap-01262012/

    Kelli

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  21. NP, thanks for linking up with a great activity! Have a great Friday!
    Lori

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  22. I love this.. My classroom is called the Alligators and I think my kids would enjoy this.. thank you..

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