Creative Saturdays – Sand Tadeo Turtle

Creative Saturdays – Sand Tadeo Turtle



This week when I visited my grandchildren I showed them how to make Tadeo Turtles from sand. Both grandchildren (ages 4 and 6) loved this activity. We were outdoors on a patio table. The wind did not help us keep control of the paper. We were constantly on guard to make sure the paper didn’t blow away. But they both concentrated very well on the task at hand. My hands were rather gluey and sandy to take pictures but I did the best I could.


      • paper (we used construction paper, but card stock would be thicker)
      • marker, pencil, pen
      • glue – white glue
      • play sand
      • bowls
      • spoons
      • sieve
      • food colouring
      • googly eyes


Gather your materials.


Draw a turtle on your paper.



Using white glue fill in the area of the turtle.

Take a small amount of sifted play sand and put in a bowl. Add enough food colouring to give the colour you want. We used green.



Shake the sand on your paper.

Using the back of the spoon, tap down the sand. Shake off the excess.

Add more sand if needed by first putting glue where you want the sand added.



Now to decorate his back. Make another container of any colour (we used orange). Make the coloured sand again. Put glue on the turtle where you want the sand. Shake on the sand. Shake off excess.


The finished Sand Tadeo Turtles:


Sand Tadeo complete

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. Very cute! They did a great job! You could maybe use masking tape to keep the paper down if it’s windy out. 🙂

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