Creative Saturdays – Handprint Tadeo Turtle

Creative Saturdays – Handprint Tadeo Turtle


I am back after a week’s Sabbath from blogging. I spent last week at a VBS. We used a handprint in one of the crafts. We were making sheep because our theme was The Lord is Our Shepherd.


Using the same idea I created a turtle.



      • tempera paint
      • pie plate
      • glue
      • found materials (nut shells, glitter, flowers, plants – anything will do)
      • brushes
      • glue
      • paper


Fill a pie plate or other suitable container with paint. I used green.

Place your child’s hand in the paint. Move it around to cover all the underside. My husband took this shot of my painted hand and later wondered how he got green paint on his hand. 🙂


Carefully place your child’s hand on the paper. If you want the head up, make sure the thumb is opposed to the legs. (I didn’t so added the head by painting it in.)

Press down to ensure all the paint is on the paper. Lift off carefully.


Now you can make your turtle. I used pistachio shells to decorate the turtle’s shell. I enlarged the head a bit; put some toes on his feet and added a tail. You can use sparkles, stickers, cut paper, feathers, or anything else.


Then I make a background around him. You could do this first as well.

And voila the finished picture – Tadeo Turtle Handprint



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.

Tadeo Turtle by Janis Cox

For more craft ideas from He Cares for Us go to Crafts for Kids.

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  1. I love how you added texture by adding the nut shells, so creative! Thanks for sharing with us at Share it Saturday, we will be featuring this post tomorrow.

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