Sunday, January 18, 2009

Turtle Time

Nana is a turtle rescuer on an island in South Carolina. Her love of turtles inspired this theme.

BOOKS: The Foolish Tortoise by Richard Buckley is the only turtle book that my almost three-year old has really liked so far. I am sure that there are many cute ones out there that we have yet to discover, and I'd love to hear your picks. We tried Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss, but my ultra-sensitive boy didn't like it -- "But Mommy, WHY was that turtle so mean?!" We also have a great book called Into the Sea by Brenda Z. Guiberson with beautiful illustrations by Alix Berenzy. But it's a little beyond our level, and we just look at the pictures and talk about them.
ACTIVITY: While this project had a lot of steps, it was actually very easy and took very little time to do. Before getting my boys involved, I first cut about two-thirds off of a dixie cup, leaving the bottom of the cup for use. I then traced the cup onto a small paper plate, although sturdy paper of any sort would do. And then I just free-formed the cutting to give the shape of a turtle with tail, legs, and head.

Next, I stuffed 3 cotton balls into the remaining portion of the dixie cup, and let my son glue it (generously) to the base of the turtle.

Then, he painted the turtle with green tempera paint and stuck on the googly eyes while it was still wet. It took a bit of time to dry, but it ended up looking pretty good. My son was proud of his turtle-making abilities.

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