Crocodile Wrestler

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Crocodile Wrestler Costume for Kids
Total Time 2 to 3 hours Ages school-age

A getup like this is just the thing for anyone in your family who hears the call of the wild -- and it doesn't require a trip to the outback.

What you'll need

  • Permanent marker
  • 36- by 18-inch piece of upholstery foam, 1-inch thick (sold at many fabric stores)
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Acrylic paints and paintbrushes
  • Ping-Pong ball
  • Tacky glue
  • Khaki shorts and shirt
  • Hiking boots
  • Safari-style hat
  • Toy binoculars

How to make it

  1. Crocodile Wrestler - Step 1

    Mark an elongated U-shaped crocodile shape on the upholstery foam, as shown. Using good-quality scissors or a craft knife, cut out the shapes just inside the lines (adults only). Cut two 1- by 1 1/2- inch legholes and a 1-inch eyehole in the body.

  2. Crocodile Wrestler - Step 2

    Now mark a pair of matching legs on the upholstery foam, as shown, and cut out the shapes just inside the lines (adults only).

  3. Paint the crocodile's teeth white. Then paint the rest of the body and both sets of legs green, highlighting the ridged back and belly with contrasting colors, if you like. Paint a black eye pupil on the Ping-Pong ball. Allow the painted parts to thoroughly dry.

  4. Crocodile Wrestler - Step 4

    Fit the crocodile's legs through the legholes and tuck the eyeball in place, securing all the pieces with tacky glue.

  5. Have your child dress in his khaki outfit, boots, and hat and then drape the binoculars and the wrestled crocodile around his neck.

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