Young children will have fun making an easy and fun craft of a turtle or
tortoise assembled with shapes (circle, triangles, ovals).
Many basic skills can be addressed during and after the craft assembly
process. Other printable support materials and links to related
activities are provided.
Activity > Crafts
Easy Shapes Turtle or Tortoise Craft
There are a number of ways to assemble and make this craft:
Option 1: Print all three templates in color, cut and
Option 2: Print all three templates in black and white,
color, paint or decorate first, cut and assemble.
Option 3: Print template #2 and #3 only in color or
black and white, and instead of template #1, use a small paper
plate or trim a standard paper plate - paint the inverted side of
the plate first, and then glue & assemble the other pieces.
Option 4: Print template #1 and #2 using the black &
white version, directly on your choice of color paper or construction
paper: Example print Template 1 (turtle's shell) in green
paper, and template #2 (head, legs and tail) in brown or tan paper.
Color or trace template #3 (Turtle's Shell Decorations) onto scraps of
construction paper. Another option is not to print template #3
at all and simply cut any shapes from scraps of paper.
1. Glue yarn around the big circle and line outline.
2. Add wiggly eyes
3. Glue other items to decorate shell, such as buttons (those
tortoise colored ones are great). Add other pieces of cut up
4. Instead of triangle shapes, use a variety of shapes to decorate
the turtle's body.
Activities > Basic Skills Learning Activities to
conduct before craft assembly:
Choose those activities you feel are appropriate for the ages of
Shapes & Colors Activity: 1. Ask children to identify
the shapes and colors on the template if using the color
To conduct these activities pieces should be decorated and cut out.
1. Sorting & Sizing: Have the children sort the shapes
by type - all triangles in one pile and then organize the piles by size
from smallest to largest.
2. Counting: Count how many of each size there are and how
many in total to assemble the craft. You may want to write numbers on
the blank side to acquaint the children with printed numbers.
Other suggested activities:
3. Number Activity: First Fractions
Template 1 is divided in fourths to cut the circle and have the
children learn a little bit of fractions, later the children will
assemble the circle and glue to a plain piece of paper-cut around
Make a demonstration, here are some ideas:
1. Cut or fold the circle first in half and tell the children that now
the circle is two halves.
Count the pieces or sections.
2. Cut or fold the two halves. Explain that now the circle has
been cut or folded in fourths, count the pieces. For older children do a
bit of subtraction -- "I am going to take away a fourth, how many
fourths are left, let's see, let's count together!, That's right,
three fourths! and so forth.
3. Tell the children that when all the pieces are assembled
together and it is a circle, it forms a whole - which is the
same as ONE - 1. Tape pieces together or glue over an additional
Review the following assembly steps with the children and they can refer
to the small image on the template. It is helpful to display and
assemble one craft in front of large groups by steps.
1. Paste oval head and triangle tail first on top of oval circle.
2. Paste smaller triangles in circle body in any arrangement.
3. Turn this portion of assembled craft face down and the
remaining four oval legs face down. Position the legs where
desired and make a small marking with pencil or crayon. Place glue
on the markings and paste legs over the markings. Turn the craft
around and it is ready.
Activity > Alphabet
Printable Activities Letter T is for Tortoise and Turtle
& Social Studies: Learning about Turtles and Tortoises
Note: Some turtles and tortoises are endangered. Sea
turtle are protected by the
Endangered Species Act.
Other activities > Visit the turtle
and tortoise section to an online story, Aesop fables, picture book or nursery rhymes of your choice.
or Tortoise Craft
1 - 2 - 3
Black & White
1 - 2 - 3
Can replace template
with small paper plate
Letter T Tortoise | Turtle printable activities