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!
This fun turtle has lots of fact to help you learn. Made out of two paper plates, a brad, construction paper, and string. Paint the two paper plates, after they have dried connect them with the brad. You can then attach paper legs to the center brad with some string. Next write down some cool facts about turtles on the legs and head. Need some facts? Try some of these facts from Animal Planet.
This picture may look like the ocean to you, but kids will have fun just creating with the materials.