Torn Tadeo Turtle – Arts for Kids

Torn Tadeo Turtle – Arts for Kids

I had such fun this afternoon. This is a craft that I had my children do at school in art lessons. It is great for dexterity, colour, and placement of objects. This week I am showing you how to make a picture called Torn Tadeo Turtle. Of course this can be extended for any picture.

Torn Tadeo Turtle


      • Construction paper (lots of colours); card making paper, wall paper
      • Glue – I used a glue stick
      • That’s it.


Teach your child how to tear the paper. With little ones just getting a shape at all is excellent. As your child gets older he will be able to manipulate his/her fingers and get even the tiniest shape made.

Torn Tadeo - learning to tear the paper

Start with a background colour – anything you want – I started with a neutral beige.

Torn Tadeo Turtle - start tearing the shapes

Begin making the shapes; make lots of shapes for the foreground and background

Place the shapes where you think you might like them. Have you got enough shapes? Don’t worry as you can make more after you start gluing them down.

Torn Tadeo Turtle - lay the pieces down

I would suggest starting with the background and do not place your main object until the very end. I didn’t do this and sometimes it was hard to lift the edges to place the shapes underneath.

Then put your main shape down and finish it. Don’t forget to put the cap on the glue.

Done – your masterpiece. Torn Tadeo Turtle.

Torn 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 extension activities is available if you ask.

Tadeo Turtle by Janis Cox

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




  1. What a simple and fun project! We’re studying penguins; I may have to try this with my kids! 🙂

    1. That would be a great idea. I want to do it again for my next children’s book The Kingdom of Thrim. I would love to see how your pictures turn out.

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