Friday, February 25, 2011


Book Suggestions:

No, No Little Turtles by Sally Doherty
Yertle The Turtle by Dr. Seus
One Tiny Turtle by Nicola Davies
Sea Turtles by Gail Gibbons
Squishy Turtle and Friends by Roger Priddy
Turtle Splash by Cathryn Falwell
Owen and Mzee by Craig Hatkoff


Hard and Soft:
Materials: a variety of hard objects, a variety of soft object
Description: Talk with your child about how turtles have hard shells. Let your toddler touch some of the hard objects then some of the soft objects. Talk about the differences between hard and soft with your toddler. Put all the objects in a pile. Let your toddler sort the objects into two piles; one for soft and one for hard.
Skills Targeted: compare and contrast, sensory development, language development, understand opposites

Fast and Slow:
Description: Talk with your child about how turtles walk slow. (You can even read the book The Tortoise and The Hare to your toddler) Have your child walk slow like a turtle. You and your toddler can talk about the difference between fast and slow and practice walking slow and running fast.

Skills Targeted: compare and contrast, language development, understand opposites, motor skill development

Turtle Shapes:
Materials: construction paper (green, tan, light green would work best to make a turle), glue, scissors
Description: You and your toddler can make a turtle using different shapes. Before doing this activity, cut out one large circle (turtle's body), 1 small cirlce, 6 triangles, and 4 ovals. Help your toddler put these shapes together with glue to make a turtle. Start with the large cirlce as the turtle's body. Glue the smaller circle to the body as the head. Next glue the 4 ovals around the body as legs. Glue one of the triangles at the bottom of the body for the turtle's tail. Last glue the other triangles on top of the body to create the turtle's shell. Talk about each different shape as you glue it to the turtle.

Skills Targeted: shape recognition, motor skill development, color recognition

Materials: glue, paper, picture of a turtle
Description: Show your toddler a picture of a turtle. Have your child idenify that turtles are green. Go on a walk around your house or outside and have your toddler find other things that are green. They can even collect some of these things (leaves, grass, plants etc) and glue them to a piece of paper to make a collage.

Skills Targeted: color recognition, compare colors, motor skill development, language development

Letter T:
Description: Turtle starts with the letter T. Show your toddler what a T looks like and what sounds it makes. Talk to them about how they can here the T sound in the beginning of the word turtle. Check out

Starfall Learn to Read

and click on letter T for them to watch a short video about T and the sound it makes. Throughout the week, focus on things that begin with letter T.

Skills Targeted: Letter recognition, letter sound recognition, beginning letter recognition

Rock Turtle:
Materials: medium sized rock, construction paper, googly eyes, glue
Description: You and your toddler can make rock turtles together. Talk with your toddler about how rocks and turtle shells both feel hard. Have your toddler paint the rock green to resemble a turtles shell. While they are painting, cut out a head, a tail, and 4 legs from construction paper. When the paint dries glue the head, tail and legs to the underside of the rock. This turtle could be used as a cute paper weight!
Skills Targeted: color recognition, motor skill development, sensory development, enhance creativity and imagination

Turtle Shells:
Materials: a cardboard box (big enough to put on top of your child's back when they are in a crawling position, markers or paint
Description: Decorate the cardboard box to look like a turtle's shell. Have your toddler get on their hands and knees and place the cardboard box on their back. They can crawl around the house like a turtle and when they get tired they can put the cardboard box over their entire body, like a turtle going inside it's shell.

Skills Targeted: understand animal homes, enhance creativity and pretend play, motor skill development

Turtle Puppet:
Materials: two paper plates, markers or paint, a long tube sock, googly eyes, glue, staples
Description: Talk with your toddler about turtles and what they look like. You can show your toddler pictures of turtles. Have your toddle color or paint the two paper plates. When the plates dry, staple them together only on the sides (leave an opening at the top and bottom). Put the tube sock on your toddler arm and hand, and have them stick it through the holes in the paper plates. Glue googly eyes onto the sock.

Skills Targeted: encourage pretend lay, enhance creativity and imagination, motor skill development

Songs and Fingerplays:

I Had A Little Turtle:

I had a little turtle.
I named him Tiny Tim.
I put him in the bathtub,
To see if he could swim.
He drank up all the water.
He ate up all the soap.
Now he's sick in bed,
With a bubble in his throat.

5 Turtles:

5 little turtles sitting by the shore
One swam away, then there were 4.
4 little turtles crawling slowly as can be,
One went into his shell, and now there are 3.
3 little turtles with nothing to do.
One walked into the ocean, and now there are 2.
2 green turtles, looking for some fun.
One dug a hole in the sand, and now there is 1.
1 little turtle left lying in the sun.
He walked into the dunes, and now there are none!

Can't catch me

There was little turtle who lived in a box.
He swam in the water. He climbed on the rocks.
He snapped at the mosquito. He snapped at the flea.
He snapped at the minnow. He snapped at me.
He caught the mosquito. He caught the flea.
He caught the minnow, but he can't catch me.

Online Fun:

Interesting Fact and Pictures:
The San Diego Zoo provides some good facts about turtles and tortoises (for parents to read), as well as pictures for your toddlers to look at. Your toddler can even listen to a tortoise. Check it out here.

Sesame Street Videos:
Check out these turtle videos at Sesame Street.

Coloring Pages:
Visit for a variety of free printable coloring pages all about turtle coloring pages

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