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How to Make Turtle or Tortoise Crafts for Kids


Sea Turtle 3D Paper Craft

Sea Turtle Craft - 3D Paper Sea Turtle Craft from www.daniellesplace.com

What you will need:

Cardstock (Heavy Paper)

Paper Glue


Crayons or Markers (PrismaColor Pencils)


How to make:

1. Print out the patterns for the Turtle's Shell, Turtle's Head, Flippers and Tail.

Member's card pattern

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Craft tip: Use colored cardstock so you don't have as much to color. Prismacolor colored pencils work great for this project because the lead is soft and covers well without having to press down hard on the paper.

2. Color and then cut out all the body parts.

3. Cut center of the darts on the shell pattern on the side, front and back. Fold down all the dotted lines on the darts.  Glue the darts closed.

4. To finish glue on the head, fins, feet, and tail.


Watch Me Grow: Turtle Book for Children

Watch Me Grow: Turtle

7. Fold on the dotted lines so that the two triangles at the bottom are folded up.

8. Staple the shell onto the stomach starting at the back or tail area. Then staple both sides and fill in all the way around the turtle. Leave the neck area open and stuff with fiber fill. 

9. Staple the head on where indicated and staple the shell to close it up. 

10. To finish fold down the flippers.

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Watch our View it and Do it Craft video to see how to make this craft:



Turtle and Tortoise Writing Sheets

Tortoise and Turtle Writing Sheets from www.daniellesplace.com

Use these writing sheets with your studies to write facts or stories about tortoises and turtles.

You can also have your children use both writing sheets and compare tortoises to turtles.

These printouts are available to members.

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Bubble Wrap Design Sea Turtle Craft for Kids

Bubble Wrap Sea Turtle Craft from www.daniellesplace.com

What you will need:

Plastic Bubble Wrap - both the small and larger bubbles

Acrylic Paint

Paint Roller or Large Paint Brush - at least 1 1/2" wide

Card Stock - heavy paper

Scissors and Glue

How to Make the Sea Turtle Craft:

1. Cut the bubble wrap the same size as your paper.

2. Print out the sea turtle patterns onto card stock. If you do not have a pattern just draw the parts on the paper.

Member's card pattern

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2. Squirt paint into a container and fill your brush or paint roller with paint.

3. Spread the paint over the bumpy side of the bubble wrap.

4. Place the painted side of the bubble wrap on the pattern paper and press down on the bubble wrap to press the paint onto the paper. Use the large-bubble bubble wrap for the turtle's shell pattern and the small-bubble bubble wrap on the feet and head pattern.

5. Slowly peel the bubble wrap off the pattern paper and let the paint dry.

6. You can add another color over the first color after the first colored has dried.

7. When the paint is dry cut out the sea turtle parts and glue them together.

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Egg Carton Tortoise Craft

Egg Carton Tortoise Craft

What you will need:

Paper Egg Cartons




Scissors - Use small scissors with very short blades that are good for snipping if you have them. This will make it much easier to cut the egg carton. Fiskars Kids Classic Pointed Tip Scissorsscissors work great.

Tiny 3mm Wiggle Eyes - (Optional)



Paper Plate Snapping Turtle Craft with Moving Mouth

Turtle Craft - Snapping Turtle Paper Plate Craft for Kids www.daniellesplace.com

What you will need:

Two 9-inch Paper Plates

Two 6-inch Paper Plates

Card Stock (Heavy Paper)

Brass Fasteners

Googly Eyes

Paint, Scissors, and Hole Punch


How to Make the Paper Plate Snapping Turtle Craft:

1. Print out the snapping turtle patterns, cut them out, and use them as templates to cut pieces from the paper plates. Turtle's Body Pattern, Turtle's Head Patterns, and Turtle's Legs, Tail, and Scales Pattern

2. To make the body place two 9-inch paper plates together top-to-top and use the pattern to trace the pattern onto the plates. Cut them out.

3. Cut out the scales, legs, and tail patterns and glue them to the body paper plates.

4. Place the two 6-inch paper plates together top to top and use the turtle head patterns to cut out the head parts. Glue the parts together around the paper plate edge. Punch holes where indicated. Place the bottom mouth part inside the top mouth part matching up the holes.

5. Match up the turtle's body paper plates and punch a hole in the turtle's body where indicated. Place the head between the two paper plates matching up the holes. Attach the pieces with a brass fastener. Glue the body pieces together around the paper plate edge.

6. To finish paint the turtle, glue on googly eyes.

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Good Books about Turtles and Tortoises