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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

Materials

  • 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

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.

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.

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.

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Watchful Wednesdays – A Review of Tadeo Turtle by Lorilyn Roberts

Tadeo Turtle - Written and Illustrated by Janis Cox

Tadeo Turtle – Written and Illustrated by Janis Cox

Lorilyn’s Review:

The endearing image of Tadeo and his problem will make this a favorite story for young and old alike—a story with which we can all identify.

Tadeo Turtle is a one-of-a-kind children’s book with a wonderful message—God has made you perfectly just the way you are. In addition to being entertaining and imparting a strong spiritual message, the illustrations will capture the heart and mind of a young child.

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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.

sheep-handprint

Using the same idea I created a turtle.

Handprint-Tadeo-Turtle

Materials:

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

Instructions:

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

handprint-turtle---paint
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. 🙂

handprint-turtle---paint-on-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.

handprint-turtle-1

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.

handprint-start

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

And voila the finished picture – Tadeo Turtle Handprint

Handprint-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 curriculum is available if you ask.

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Creative Saturdays – Toothbrush Tadeo Turtle

Creative Saturdays – Toothbrush Tadeo Turtle

Today I would like to show you how to make a painting using a toothbrush. Another term for this is spatter painting.

Spatter Painting - tadeo turtle

Materials:

1. Paper
2. Paint – tempera or watercolour
3. Brush
4. Toothbrush
5. Scissors
6. Cardboard or stock paper
7. Water

Instructions:

Draw your object – I chose a turtle.

Draw your object

Cut out the object and place it on a piece of paper.


Toothbrush-8

Mix up your paint. Stick with the three primary colours: blue, yellow and red.

toothbrush-7

Tape the object to the paper.

toothbrush-9 

Using a toothbrush spray the paint onto the paper.

Toothbrush-6

Toothbrush-5

 

Toothbrush-4

Move the paint around. Twist the paper in all directions – any wet paint will run to make interesting patterns.

Toothbrush-3

When you are finished take off the stencil. At this point you can leave the stencil as is or you can paint it. I chose to paint it.

Toothbrush-2

 

As you can see I did not have the stencil firmly in place. If you want crisp lines ensure that the stencil is tacked down better than I did.

Toothbrush-1

The finished product.

Toothbrush-final-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 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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If you want to purchase a signed copy of Tadeo Turtle click on the Paypal icon. It will direct you to the PayPal site where you can choose PayPal or a credit card.

 

REVIEWS FOR TADEO TURTLE

Reviews for Tadeo Turtle

Tadeo Turtle written and illustrated by Janis Cox

Tadeo Turtle – Written and Illustrated by Janis Cox

Tadeo had  2 wonderful reviews this week:

The first is by Ruth Ann Adams at Fran By the Sea:

Canadian author and illustrator, Janis Cox, in her breathtaking  picture book,Tadeo Turtle, weaves a classic tale of adventure and self discovery. The simple plot line is high paced and the watercolour illustrations enchantingly beautiful. The names of the major characters are in bold type, making it easy for young children to identify them. ~ Ruth Ann Adams

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And another from Gena Mayo at I Choose Joy:

I’m happy to share with you today a review of the book Tadeo Turtle by Janis Cox!  It’s a very sweet story about a turtle who sees his limitations when he watches a squirrel doing things he can’t do.  God uses a dream to show him that He created Tadeo the way he wanted to, with very special abilities and skills.  It’s a great story for teaching our children the same lessons! ~ Gena Mayo

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TISSUE TADEO – Crafts for Kids

Tissue Tadeo

I wanted to find another way to make a fun Tadeo Turtle. So I used tissue paper.

First I drew his picture.

Outline Tadeo - Janis Cox

Outline for Tadeo

Then I cut small pieces of tissue paper and glued then onto the turtle. Don’t worry about overlapping the edges as you will cut out the turtle later.

Tissue Paper - Janis Cox

 

Tissue Paper - Tadeo Turtle

Put lots of little pieces of tissue over the outline.

Continue to put lots of tissue on his body, even overlapping the colours. I used green for his head, limbs and tail.

Tissue Paper - janis Cox

Cover the whole turtle.

Dry thoroughly.

Finished Tissue

Cut him out.

Cut Out Tadeo Janis Cox

Cut out the turtle.

Now you could say you were done at this point. But I wanted to create a picture.

You could paint a scene and paste Tadeo into the scene. Any scene would be wonderful.

I painted a background on heavy paper.

First I wet the paper.

Then I applied lots of colour – any colours you feel like – I used green and yellow and later added reddish brown.

Painting the background Janis Cox

Paint the background.

Then comes the fun part. Scrunch up the plastic wrap and place it all over the wet paint.

Plastic wrap over painting.

Scrunch up plastic wrap on the painting.

Immediately cover the whole picture with heavy objects (I used books which were the handiest.)

Books for weight

Use books or heavy objects to keep the wrap flat.

Wait until it dries.

Glue your Tadeo to the background.

Finished Tadeo Tissue Project

Voila – finished Tadeo Tissue Project

I would love it if you would send your children’s projects to me, Janis.

I will post on Tadeo’s Facebook page and here on the blog.

Thanks so much. Have lots of fun. I did!!!

Janis Cox – Author and Illustrator – Tadeo Turtle

Janis Cox – Author and Illustrator – Tadeo Turtle 

Tadeo Turtle

Tadeo Turtle –  published October 9, 2012

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Tadeo Turtle – a 24 page coloured children’s book

Activities for children included.

A 24-page curriculum available by email.

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