Chances are, you were taught which way the greater-than and less-than symbols face by imagining them like an alligator's mouth. The hungry alligator wants to eat the larger number, so his mouth should open that direction. This craft stick alligator, complete with moveable jaws, is great fun to pair with a greater-than less-than math lesson. Affiliate links below.
Greater-Than Less-Than Craft Stick Alligator
- 2 jumbo craft sticks
- Fiskars craft drill
- Folk Art paint (green)
- construction paper (green and white)
- craft glue
- large googly eye
- black pen
Drill holes in the craft sticks. I used my beloved Craft Drill; in a classroom setting, I'd probably pre-drill the holes. Or, I'd have a parent monitor a drilling station.
Paint the sticks and the brad green. Set them aside to dry.
Use scissors or a punch to cut a green circle. Then cut two rows of white teeth.
When the paint is dry, use the brad to connect the two craft sticks. The brad should be tight, but no so tight that you can't open and close the jaws easily.
Cut the green circle into two uneven parts. The larger will be the eye and the smaller is the nose.
Glue both green pieces into place. Add the googly eye, then use the black pen to draw nostrils on the nose. Glue the teeth in place.
Use the alligator to help you solve greater-than and less-than projects, or make it as part of a reptile study. The alligator is the State Reptile of Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi, so if you live there, that's another good reason to try this craft!