Sea turtles are some of our favorite animals with shells! Anyone else look forward to seeing the news of the sea turtles hatching from their eggs and making their way down the beach and to the ocean every year? It's always such a thrilling time! While this isn't anywhere near the number of steps those tiny turtles take, only five steps and you have  a super fun activity just right for your little sea turtle enthusiasts.

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue

Create it!

Step 1: Cut cardboard into numerous, similar in size shapes.

Step 2: Paint shapes and allow to dry. (We used different shades of green.) 

Step 3: While waiting for the shapes to dry, cut a head and flippers from cardboard. Set aside.

Step 4: Glue painted shapes, stacking parts on top of each other, together into the shape of a turtle shell. Allow to dry. Trim edges if you wish to make it a bit more round.

Step 5: Glue head and flippers to turtle shell.

Just five easy steps and recycled cardboard and you've got a sea turtle! Add in some math practice for the preschool crowd and ask about the different shapes used to make the shell - a craft and a math lesson - maybe add in a book about sea turtles and it's a unit study lesson!