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.
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.
- Egg Carton (either styrofoam or cardboard)
- Googly Eyes (not necessary but fun)
- Paper (construction, coloured paper, card stock)
Instructions for a Bale of Turtles:
1. Cut out each egg pocket from the case of eggs.
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.
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.
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).
All you need is a bottle cap and paper, scissors, glue, markers or paint.
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