Turtle Theme

See also Frog, Pond, and Duck Themes





Books

All About Turtles - Jim Arnosky
Franklin Series - Paulette Bourgeois
Magic by the Lake - Edward Eager
My Turtle (My Pets) - Cate Foley
The Smallest Turtle - Lynley Dodd
Tiny Turtles - Wendy McLean
The Tortoise and the Jackrabbit - Susan Lowell
Tortoise Brings the Mail - Dee Lillegard
The Turtle and the Moon - Charles Turner
Turtle Splash!: Countdown at the Pond
Turtle Spring - Deborah Turney Zagwyn



Songs, Poems, Stories, & Fingerplays

I Had A Little Turtle

I had a little turtle
His name was Tiny Tim
I put him in the bathtub
To see if he could swim.
He drank up all the water
He ate up all the soap
Now he's stuck in bed
with a bubble in his throat.
Bubble, bubble, bubble,
Bubble, bubble, bubble,
Bubble, bubble, bubble,
Bubble, bubble, POP!!

~Submitted by Jane



Arts & Crafts

Paper Bowl Turtle

1 paper bowl, green paint (water colors), brown construction paper, black marker, stapler

Turn bowl upside down and paint green, let dry. Cut out front and back feet from brown construction paper. Staple to the bowl. Cut out head w/neck, then draw eyes and mouth. Staple to bowl. Poke a hole in the top of the bowl in the middle.Then insert a piece of yarn & tape to the inside of the bowl. Now those turtles can go for a walk.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Find a round, smooth rock. Draw a turtle shape, larger than the rock, on a piece of heavy poster board or cardboard. Cut out the turtle shape, cover it with green paint, and let it dry. Glue the rock to the turtle shape. Then paint the rock with green paint. Add details to the back of the turtle and head with black paint.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Turtle Puppet

Paint a paper plate to resemble a turtle's top shell and paint another plate for the bottom shell. Staple or glue green construction paper legs on either the top or bottom plate. Sandwich a green sock between the painted paper plates so that the toe sticks out for the head and the top of the sock sticks out the back for the tail. Staple the two plates together on both sides, add eyes, slip your hand into the sock.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Turtle

Using paper-plate scraps, cut out turtles head and tail. Leave a tab on each. Draw in features. Cut two strips about 1" by 5" from around the rim of a plate. Fold in half and color to form legs and feet. Color the bottom of a plate to look like a turtle shell. Fold the plate in half. Cut two 1" slits along the fold, just inside the rim. Glue or staple folded shell closed at top. Insert head and tail into folded shell and secure in place. Insert folded ends of legs into slits. The ridges on the legs will keep them in place. Bend legs slightly to stand.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Pie-Pan Turtle

Paint a pie-pan tin green. Glue 4 legs around the edges in the appropriate places on each side. Pierce a hole in the back and thread in a green pipe cleaner for the tail. The turtle's head is made from an unshelled almond. To attach it, the almond needs to have a hole made in the center of the rounded end. This hole should be just large enough to push an end of the pipe cleaner into. Secure the pipe cleaner to the shell with some glue. Paint the head green. Glue on mustard seeds or tiny beads for the turtle's eyes.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Flowerpot Turtles

Need:
1 small flowerpot (very small)
acrylic paint
sponge for painting
dense, synthetic sponges for body
black marker
hot glue or tacky glue

Turn flowerpot upside down and sponge paint. Any color looks cute. Let dry. Cut head shape out of green sponges, plus 4 legs and a tail. With marker, draw eyes on head. Glue head, legs and tail to flowerpot. The head, legs, and tail are glued to the edges of the pot opening.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Turtles

Paper bowl, green felt, felt--assorted colors and precut into 1 inch squares, glue

Have the children paste the colored squares to the underside of the bowl, decorating it as they wish. This will be the "turtle's" shell. Give each child a green, pre-cut "head." This should be glued to the lip of the underside of the bowl. (The child can make the turtle's face on this.) Give each child four rectangular shapes of green felt to use for the turtle's legs.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare



Theme Ideas

Turtle Races

Make three to five turtles and let the children race them. To make cut turtle shapes out of green posterboard, number or name each one. Punch a hold just above the center of each turtle and put a five to eight foot long piece of string through it. Get one chair for each turtle. Tie one end of each piece of string to one of the legs of a chair. Line up the chairs along the finish line. Have the children who are racing their turtles stand in a row at the starting line. Each child should hold the loose end of one of the strings. Begin the race with the turtles near the children's hands. When you say "Go" the children who are racing should start jiggling their pieces of string so that the turtles bound toward the finish line. The other children should pick a turtle and cheer for it. Which turtle made it to the end first? Which one was last? Race Again.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Color Turtles

Cut turtle shapes out of light green construction paper. Give each child a turtle shape and help the child use crayons to draw one dot of red, black, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, white and orange on the turtles back. Then recite the poem and have the children point to each color on the turtles back as you name it.

I can name these colors,
All so very bright,
Red, yellow, blue, purple,
Green, brown and white.
Don't forget the color orange
And the the color black,
These are the colors of
The dots upon my turtle's back.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare



In The Kitchen

Tuna Turtles - yield: 8 sandwiches

1 can of flaked tuna
small cucumber seeded and chopped
grated carrot
2 tbs thousand island dressing
1 tbs mayo
1 package refrigerator biscuit
1 tbs sesame seeds (optional)

Heat oven to 450 Cut two biscuits into four pieces. Attach one piece to sides if the eight remaining biscuits - these are the heads. Score surface of each biscuit to look like turtle shell. Sprinkle sesame seeds on the biscuit. Transfer to lightly greased cookie sheet . Bake 8 minutes until golden brown. Cut each turtle biscuit in half horizontally and fill with tuna salad.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Snapping Turtle Salad

one pear
4 pecan halves
2 cloves
1 green olive

Wash and peel the pear. Cut in half. Place one of the halves hollow-side down on a salad plate. Use the pecans for feet. Use the green olive for the head and stick the cloves in for the eyes. Makes one serving.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare



Links

Preschool Turtle Theme - Everything Preschool
Preschool Turtle Crafts & Activities - First School
Turtles - Preschool Express



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