What you need: A paper plate, colored pencils/markers, construction paper, scissors, and googly eyes.
Draw a pattern on the turtle's shell. Allow the children to pick their turtle colors and color in the pattern. Assist in attaching the legs, head, and eyes.
This is a good way to incorporate sensory play and literacy. Print out some clip art photos and have the children mold the play dough around the turtle shells and letters.
Read: “One Tiny Turtle”: Read and Wonder by Nicola Davies and Jane Chapman. This book is all about the turtle’s life; thirty years at sea, and returning to lay her eggs.
Print out a picture of a turtle. Label the turtle. Make labels of the body parts of the turtle. Encourage the children to put the correct body part label near the body part on the turtle.
Meeting a Snapping Turtle Story
In North Dakota when I was a little girl we had Snapping Turtles. They found their home near rivers, and lakes. One spring when I was a little girl the river overflowed and our backyard was flooded with about a foot deep. What an exciting adventure for a five year old! When my mother wasn’t looking I snuck out to see how different my backyard looked. Yes, I got in trouble!
When the water receded it left a surprise! There in the muddy grass was a huge Snapping Turtle! It was about the size of a tire. My little brothers, sister and I rushed out to meet it. My Mother rushed out to get us back into the house. Snapping Turtles SNAP!