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A Bale of Turtles

Since spring is around the corner what a great time to check out the habits of turtles and learn how to make a bale of turtles.

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Here are some turtle facts:

  • Turtles are reptiles which means they are vertebrate animals of a class that includes snakes, lizards, crocodiles, turtles, and tortoises. They are distinguished by having a dry scaly skin and typically laying soft-shelled eggs on land.
  • Their upper shell are called carapaces.
  • Their lower shells are called plastrons.
  • Many (but not all) can hide their heads when they need protection.
  • Turtles are cold blooded which means they cannot control their body temperature and therefore become sluggish in cold weather. Have you seen turtles sunning themselves? 
  • The largest turtle is the leatherback and can weight over 2000 lbs (900 kg).

More information and craft and research ideas are found in Tadeo Turtle.

A simple project but fun to do. You can make a school of turtles, which I found out is called a “bale of turtles”. This week we look at how to make a simple egg carton Tadeo turtle.

bale of turtles

Supplies:

  • Egg Carton (either styrofoam or cardboard)
  • Googly Eyes (not necessary but fun)
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Paper (construction, coloured paper, card stock)

Instructions for a Bale of Turtles:

1. Cut out each egg pocket from the case of eggs.

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Use styrofoam egg cartons or cardboard

2. From the paper, cut out 2 round circles (use a bottle for tracing) to match the pocket; cut out 1 head, 1 tail and 4 legs.

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3.  Glue the inner edges of the appendages (head, tail and 4 legs) inside the two rounded circles. They are stuck inside the circle.

4. Colour the shell using paint or markers.

5. Glue the shell to the circled paper

6. Put the googly eyes on the header and using a marker, mark the toes on each foot.

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Bottle Cap Tadeo Turtles:

Smaller Turtles can be made from water bottle caps. Or any cap will do. Using the same method as above. I found that to get the watercolour paint to adhere to the plastic cap I needed to paint the cap with glue first (or Podge).

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All you need is a bottle cap and paper, scissors, glue, markers or paint.

 

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In 2001, Janis gave her life to Christ. She started journaling as a way to organize her thoughts, feelings, and prayers. She is a member of two cross-Canadian Christian writers’ groups, The Word Guild and Inscribe Christian Writers Fellowship.

In 2012 she published an award-winning children’s book, Tadeo TurtleHer new book, The Kingdom of Thrim, was published in June 2016.

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Torn Tadeo Turtle – Arts for Kids

Torn Tadeo Turtle – Arts for Kids

I had such fun this afternoon. This is a craft that I had my children do at school in art lessons. It is great for dexterity, colour, and placement of objects. This week I am showing you how to make a picture called Torn Tadeo Turtle. Of course this can be extended for any picture.

Torn Tadeo Turtle

Materials:

      • Construction paper (lots of colours); card making paper, wall paper
      • Glue – I used a glue stick
      • That’s it.
      • NO SCISSORS ALLOWED

Instructions:

Teach your child how to tear the paper. With little ones just getting a shape at all is excellent. As your child gets older he will be able to manipulate his/her fingers and get even the tiniest shape made.

Torn Tadeo - learning to tear the paper

Start with a background colour – anything you want – I started with a neutral beige.

Torn Tadeo Turtle - start tearing the shapes

Begin making the shapes; make lots of shapes for the foreground and background

Place the shapes where you think you might like them. Have you got enough shapes? Don’t worry as you can make more after you start gluing them down.

Torn Tadeo Turtle - lay the pieces down

I would suggest starting with the background and do not place your main object until the very end. I didn’t do this and sometimes it was hard to lift the edges to place the shapes underneath.

Then put your main shape down and finish it. Don’t forget to put the cap on the glue.

Done – your masterpiece. Torn Tadeo Turtle.

Torn Tadeo Turtle

Please check out more about my book Tadeo Turtle on Tadeo’s Page. You will find more activities at the back of my book. And a 24-page extension activities is available if you ask.

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Creative Saturdays – Paper Plate (Styrofoam) Tadeo Turtle

Creative Saturdays – Paper Plate (Styrofoam) Tadeo Turtle

This week I will be teaching Sunday School at a neighbouring church. I will read Tadeo Turtle, do some singing and a little storytelling. We will be making the paper plate Tadeo.

Paper Plate Tadeo Turtle

There are many ways to make a paper plate turtle.

Today I am using the following materials:

        • two small styrofoam plates (paper plates are great too)
        • tissue paper of a variety of colours (get reds, yellows, purples, greens,)
        • construction paper or card stock paper (any colour)
        • scissors
        • white glue
        • stapler
        • googly eyes
        • crayons or markers or paint

Instructions:

Cut the tissue paper. I didn’t have many colours on hand but these seemed to work fine. I cut it in squares but it doesn’t matter. Cut any shapes you want.

Tissue Paper for paper plate Tadeo Turtle

Place the tissue paper one piece at a time on the shell. Overlap. Cover the whole shell.

Cover the plate with tissue

Cut out the head, 4 legs, and a tail.

Draw and cut out the shapes

Colour the head, legs and tail.

Cut out the parts and colour them.

Staple the appendages to the bottom shell. Add googly eyes.

Staple the parts to the body

Place the top shell over the bottom shell and staple the turtle together.  Mark the toes on each foot.

Paper Plate Tadeo Turtle

Paper Plate Tadeo Turtle

Here is another turtle that I made while attending “Turtle Day” at an art gallery. Let the children’s imagination take over for shapes, colour and detail.

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Have fun.

Please check out more about my book Tadeo Turtle on Tadeo’s Page. You will find more activities at the back of my book. And a 24-page curriculum is available if you ask.

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CRAFTING SATURDAYS – Soap Carving Tadeo Turtle

Crafting Saturday – Soap Carving Tadeo Turtle

Today we are looking at how to make a turtle from a bar of soap. Let’s take a look at how to make Soap Carving Tadeo Turtle.

Soap Carving Tadeo Turtle

I have always had the desire to do carving. From the time of a youngster I loved to play with mud – yup, mud. I would form and shape animals. Today we are going to make a soap carving Tadeo Turtle.

When we first came to Mesa, Arizona I joined a pottery class. There we learned to form objects. It was called slab building. I enjoyed it. But watercolour called me and I changed back to that artistic endeavour.

But I have never tried sculpting something.

Today I thought I would try making Tadeo from a piece of soap. I used Ivory Soap – it carves very easily.

I only used a spoon to do the basic sculpting.

In order to finish the details I used a paring knife. I would advise caution for small children. Using a pumpkin carver or a small butter knife would be better.

To finish the final details I used a toothpick. A toothbrush cleans out the debris.

Here are the directions:

1. Go slowly (soap can break).

Soap carving Tadeo Turtle

A bar of soap

2. Draw a quick sketch of what you want your final object to look like.

Soap Carving Tadeo Turtle

3. Do the overall shape first. Then start to carve out the details.

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Making the shape of the turtle

4. Add the details to the soap sculpture – a turtle starts to appear..

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Add the details.

5.  Round the edges with your fingers.

Almost finished soap carving

Tadeo is almost finished

6. The finished product – your own carved soap Tadeo Turtle is ready to paint.

Soap Finished Tadeo

7. The Final Product

Soap Carving Tadeo Turtle

I would love to have children’s pictures of their treasured Tadeo designs.

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How to use a plastic bag to create a print

How to use a plastic bag to create a print

Today I used a plastic bag to make prints and create an underwater scene in watercolour. I have called this Plastic Bag Printmaking.

I loved the printing process when I used the styrofoam print to make a picture. This time I had read about using a plastic bag. – Please check out Alisa Burke Redefine Creativity. So I said, “Why not?”.

At one point I tried to use waxed paper but this did not work as well. I only used grocery plastic bags. You could also use the baggies (Ziploc idea), as Alisa did.

plastic bag Printmaking

I learned a few things while doing this Plastic Bag Printmaking:

  1. Don’t use too much water unless you want a smeared look (and that may be what you want).
  2. Wait a few moments before putting the paper over the wet paint.
  3. Press down when you want the print to look like what you put on the plastic.
  4. Rub back and forth when you want to smear the paint around.

Materials:

  • Brushes
  • Watercolour paints
  • Water
  • Plastic bag, opened and cut
  • watercolour paper

Instructions:

Open the plastic bag. On the plastic put the paint – in shapes, blobs, lines. You can use one colour at a time; or you can mix them right on the plastic.

plastic bag Printmaking

Place a piece of watercolour paper over the paint. Press down or rub depending on what type of effect you want. The picture below shows what happens when I rubbed back and forth and the paint was very wet, too. You get a smear of colours.

plastic bag Printmaking

Repeat as often as you want around your page.

If you want a design as well, get a clean sheet of plastic. I drew on the plastic with pencil, then marked the design I wanted (the sea turtle). Then I traced over the lines in paint. A thinner brush would have given a finer detailed turtle.

plastic bag Printmaking

The picture below shows both the printed sea turtle design as well as the leaves with drier paint on the plastic, and pressing down and not rubbing.

plastic bag Printmaking

 

plastic bag Printmaking

Finish the picture. I loved how this worked.

Try plastic bag printmaking and tell me how it turned out.

plastic bag Printmaking - Sea Turtle by Janis Cox

 

Please check out more about my book Tadeo Turtle on Tadeo’s Page. You will find more activities at the back of my book. And a 24-page extension activities is available if you ask.

Tadeo Turtle by Janis Cox

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Creative Saturdays: A Tadeo Turtle Showcase – 30 Art and Crafts

Creative Saturdays: A Tadeo Turtle Showcase – 30 Art and Crafts

I have had a ton of fun doing art activities and crafts about turtles this year. But I have come to the end of my ideas. I will be leaving this for now. I might return when I finish my next book.

Here is a listing of all the activities that have been posted about turtles this year.

Soap Carved Tadeo Turtle

Soap Carved Tadeo Turtle

Paper Plate Tadeo Turtle

Paper Plate Tadeo Turtle

Paper Plate Tadeo Turtle

Egg Carton Tadeo Turtle

Egg Carton Tadeo Turtle finished

Felt Board Tadeo Turtle

Felt Board Tadeo Turtle

Puppet Tadeo Turtle

Puppet TAdeo Turtle

Torn Tadeo Turtle

Torn Tadeo TurtleCrayon Resist Tadeo Turtle

Crayon Resist Tadeo Turtle

Pointillism Tadeo Turtle

Pointillism Tadeo Turtle

Oobleck Tadeo Turtle

Oobleck Tadeo Turtle Hardened

Stuffed Tadeo Turtle

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Woven Tadeo Turtle

Woven Tadeo Turtle

Finished Woven Tadeo Turtle – by Janis Cox

Foam Print Tadeo Turtle

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Sand Tadeo Turtle

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Handprint Tadeo Turtle

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Toothbrush Tadeo Turtle

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Playdough Tadeo Turtle

playdough - finished Tadeo Turtle playdough

Mixed Media Tadeo Turtle

Mixed Media Tadeo Turtle

Stencil Tadeo Turtle

Stencil Tadeo Turtle

Burnished Tadeo Turtle

Burnished Tadeo Turtle

Fingerpaint Tadeo Turtle

Fingerpaint Tadeo Turtle

Vegetable Painting Tadeo Turtle

Vegetable Paintings

Stained Glass Watercolour Tadeo Turtle

Stained Glass WAtercolour tadeo Turtle

Tissue Paper Tadeo Turtle

Tissue Paper Tadeo Turtle

Oil Pastel Resist Tadeo Turtle

Oil Pastel Resist Tadeo Turtle

Foam Print Tadeo Turtle part 2

Foam Print Tadeo Turtle part 2

Blowing Watercolour Tadeo Turtle

Blowing Watercolour tAdeo Turtle

Sponge Painting Tadeo Turtle

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Plastic Bag Tadeo Turtle

Plastic Bag Tadeo Turtle

Stained Glass Tadeo Turtle

Stained Glass Tadeo turtle

Paper and Glue Tadeo Turtle

Paper and Glue TAdeo Turtle

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Creative Saturdays – Tadeo Turtle with Paper and Glue

Creative Saturdays – Tadeo Turtle with Paper and Glue

Today I used very simple materials to create an interesting picture.

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Materials

  • Scrapbook papers
  • Glue (I used Mod Podge)
  • Scissors
  • Paper (I used watercolour paper)
  • A permanent marker

Instructions

Decide on your subject. I decided to create Tadeo in a background of bushes and water.

Cut up the paper into squares, triangles, odd shapes. I used the long rectangles for trees, bushes; a long piece for the log, and the small pieces for the water.

Draw an outline of where you object will be. If I were to do this again I would start with the background and then put my turtle on at the end. But I didn’t so I worked the background around the turtle.

Put the glue on the paper in the area you will be working. Place the paper and cover with glue. Continue on for each piece.

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My fingers did get quite sticky with the glue but it was so much fun.

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Here is the picture before I added some details with the black marker.

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Here is the final picture.

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 I hope you enjoy making this as much as I did. Please send your photos to me so I can update the Gallery. 

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Please check out more about my book Tadeo Turtle on Tadeo’s Page.

You will find more activities at the back of my book. And a 24-page curriculum is available if you ask.

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Creative Saturdays – Stained Glass Tadeo Turtle

Creative Saturdays – Stained Glass Tadeo Turtle

When I search for stained glass for kids I always found the craft uses Clear Contact Paper.  I went shopping and thought I had bought clear but it turns out it is grey. Not good.

But I decided to try my own version of this craft and instead of using contact paper I used clear plastic wrap and glue.
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Materials:

      • clear plastic wrap (for wrapping gift baskets)
      • coloured tissue paper
      • construction paper
      • scissors
      • white glue or Podge

Instructions:

Cut the tissue into squares or any shape the child can cut. Make a pile of the different colours.

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Put the clear plastic on a piece of construction paper (the better to see what you are doing and holds the plastic in place.

Cover a large area of the plastic with glue.

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Start putting the tissue pieces on the glued area. Overlapping is fine. Cover with more glue.

Fill the entire area where you think you will cut out your figure (I am using a turtle).

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Wait for it to dry or hurry it along with a hair dryer.

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Draw  the turtle and cut him out.

Draw around the piece on the construction paper.

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Cut out the construction paper turtle.

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Cut inside the turtle so that you have a turtle frame. Put glue around the edge and paste the stained glass to the frame.

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There you have it – a stained glass Tadeo Turtle

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TADEO TURTLE
If you purchase a Tadeo Turtle from my website I will send you an autographed copy. You will also receive a free ebook and a card (butterfly, hummingbird or fall forest).
Please check out more about my book Tadeo Turtle on Tadeo’s Page. You will find more activities at the back of my book. And a 24-page curriculum is available if you ask.
 
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Creative Saturdays – Lots of Neat Links for Crafts for Christmas

Creative Saturdays – Lots of Neat Links for Crafts for Christmas

I took a look on the web this week and found wonderful creative crafts for children for this Christmas season.

Here is my selection for this week:

Christmas Crafts from Activity Village – Here are just a few.

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Homeschooled Kids Christmas Crafts – Keeping it All about Jesus

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Life in Skunk Hollow – Jesse Tree Ornaments

 

 

Jesse tree Life in Skunk Hollow

 

 

When doing activities with children I would let the kids use their imaginations and don’t get stuff on product.

Please check out more about my book Tadeo Turtle on Tadeo’s Page. You will find more activities at the back of my book. And a 24-page curriculum is available if you ask.

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Creative Saturdays – A little Christmas Angel Craft

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Creative Saturdays – A little Christmas Angel Craft

I went to Bible Study with the Bible Babes, yup that is what we call ourselves. The hostess had made beautiful little angels as gifts. Here is the gift she gave me.
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So I thought I would try a kids’ version of this craft using supplies I had around the house.

Materials:

      • Wool, moss, or anything to make hair
      • styrofoam ball, wooden ball (for head)
      • material (cut into a circle)
      • egg carton (1 section cut out); small ceramic pot – for the base
      • marker, paints,
      • trim for halo, or pipe cleaner
      • cut out wings.. from whatever you have

Instructions:

Cut the material to make a circle. The size is about a 5 inch diameter

Paint the face.

Put on the hair. I could find no wool, no moss. So I opted for …. oatmeal. Yes I painted the oatmeal brown and let it dry. Then I pasted the browned oatmeal to her head.

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Now glue the material on to the egg carton section (or pot). I actually used 2 egg carton sections to make it high enough for the skirt.

Glue the head onto the body.

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I put a ribbon around her neck. You could add earrings, a bow, a pendant, button.
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Add the halo.

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Add the wings.

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My finished Christmas Angel

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Here are the two angels together.
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I would let the kids use their imaginations totally on this. I can see very decorative angels with lots of spunk. Send me your kids’ pictures if you use this craft.
 

Don’t forget to send me your child’s pictures. Send them to Janis Cox and I will put them up in the Children’s Gallery.

Please check out more about my book Tadeo Turtle on Tadeo’s Page. You will find more activities at the back of my book. And a 24-page curriculum is available if you ask.

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Tadeo Turtle by Janis Cox

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