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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.

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.

bale of turtles


  • 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.

bale of turtles

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.

bale of turtles

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.

bale of turtles

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).

bale of turtles

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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Tadeo Turtle Puppet

Tadeo Turtle Puppet

Reposting this craft. Want to make an easy Tadeo Turtle puppet? Follow the directions. Use your imagination.

Finished Tadeo Turtle puppet


  • 1 paper (styrofoam) bowl
  • 2 paper plates
  • paint, brushes (watercolour or arcylic)
  • scissors
  • string or wool or ribbon
  • something to punch a hole with (I used a pen)
  • a piece of wood (dowelling) or a straw

Draw shapes on the bowl to represent a turtle (imagination is good here as any shapes will be do).

Draw puppet body for turtle

Paint the shapes. I found that it was hard for the paint to adhere to the styrofoam bowl but with a little patience it made some marks. I waited until it dried and painted again.

Paint the body of turtle

Paint the front and back of the paper plate. Wait for it to dry. Draw on the shapes for a head, 4 feet and a tail.

Paint front and back of paper plate for turtle


Draw parts for turtle on paper plate

Draw parts on plate for turtleCut out the shapes.

head for turtle puppet

Attach the tail and the head to the body. I found the best way – cut a slit into the bowl and slide the head into the bowl. Do the same to the tail.

Put holes in the bowl where the feet will go. Put a hole in the top of each foot.

Thread the wool through the hole in the foot and knot it .). Continue with this piece of wool and thread it through the hole in the bowl (knot inside the bowl). Attach the string to the piece of wood or straw (the puppet controller).

Continue to thread the wool through the holes to fasten the feet to the body and tie to controller.

Finished Tadeo Turtle puppet

Using the controller you can now manipulate your puppet (marionette) and make him walk, skip, dance or jump. Here is the Tadeo Turtle Puppet in Action.

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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


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.

PP Paper Plate Tadeo Turtle 2

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.

soap carving tadeo turtle - beginning stages

Making the shape of the turtle

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

Adding details - soap carving

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.


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


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.

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CyberMonday – Where do I find good Christian books?

Please check out a wonderful post written by Lorilyn Roberts, founder of John316 Network for Christian authors.

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Ten years from now, those electronic gadgets will be in a landfill somewhere, long replaced by something bigger and faster. Stories last forever,  like that book my dad gave me for Christmas when he hardly had a dime to spare.

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Tadeo Turtle - Written and Illustrated by Janis Cox

Tadeo Turtle – Written and Illustrated by Janis Cox

Hallee Bridgeman interviewed me this week. Some of the questions that she asked were:

Who was your first Screen/Musical Crush?

Who were some of your favorite authors as a child? (Book series, maybe?)

What made you take the plunge and finally publish Tadeo Turtle?

To read the answers to these questions and others and to have a chance to win a signed copy of Tadeo Turtle please visit:

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Do I Matter to God?

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Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows (Luke 12:7, NIV).

Do I intentionally involve God in all aspects of my life?

I believe the answer is yes. I believe God is interested in every aspect of my life. If He cares about the hairs on my head then He cares about how I am feeling; He is interested in how I think; He wants to be a part of every detail of my day.

David had confidence that he mattered to God (Philip Yancey).

In my children’s story, Tadeo Turtle, Tadeo didn’t know he was special in God’s eyes. He saw others who could do things he could not. He wanted to be like them. At the end of the story Tadeo realizes that he did matter to God – the Creator. And he decides his life is secure in that fact.

Are you sure you matter to God?

Look back in your life and see God in action. What little miracles do you see?

Look for:

      • The God-incidences (some people call these coincidences).
      • The God-encounters
      • The times you said, “How did that happen?”

The Christmas holidays are over for another year. But we can be assured that God loves us so much. Christmas is a time to reflect on that love. And yes we do matter to God.


Father we thank You so much for loving us, for caring about every little facet of our lives. Thank You for Jesus. Thank You for the Holy Spirit. Continue to show us the way as we watch for Your encounters with us. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.


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Janis Cox

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Janis, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. A writer since 2003, Janis co-ordinates a group blog called Under the Cover of Prayer. She is also a contributor to a group blog called Family and Faith Matters.

Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. She is the author and watercolour illustrator. For more information visit Janis on her website He Cares for You. She is a member of The Word Guild andInscribe Writers Fellowship.