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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!

 

Do you have a little adventurer? Someone who is always up for exploring? If so, this simple craft is just the thing!

Start with:

  • Paper Plates (2)
  • Scissors
  • Single Hole Punch
  • Yarn
  • Marker or Pen
  • Pipe Cleaner
Create it!


Step 1: Fold one paper plate in half.


Step 2: Punch holes along the bottom of the folded paper plate.


Step 3: Place folded paper plate directly over the other paper plate, matching them up edge to edge and trace the holes from the first paper plate onto the second paper plate.


Step 4: Punch hole in the marked spots on the second paper plate.


Step 5: Line up the holes and sew plates together with yarn, leaving about 12 inches of yearn at each end.

Step 6: Tie two loose ends of yearn together and create a strap for the adventure pouch.
 

Step 7: Punch two holes through the folded portion of the first plate.


Step 8: Secure the two holes with a twisted pipe cleaner.


Add a little notebook and pens for taking notes, a flashlight or whistle and your little explorer is ready for his or her next adventure!

We are joining in on the fun of the Sew a Softie tutorial hop organized by www.colouredbuttons.com with our Watermelon Slice Softie!

Start with:

  • 2 Squares of Pink Felt
  • 1 Square of Green Felt
  • Black Buttons
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Filling
  • Pins, Paper - optional

Create it!

Step 1: Using a pattern cut from paper or freehand, cut two identical triangles from pink felt.

Step 2: To the front of one prink triangle, sew on black buttons.

Step 3: Turning two pink triangles inside out, stitch along outer edge, leaving a few inches open for stuffing.

Step 4: Round the corners for simpler turning, if desired.  

Step 5: Turn triangle right side out, fill with filling and stitch closed.

Step 6: Fold green felt the long way and cut to create approximately 3 inch casing.

Step 7: Fold back corners of green felt in and stitch in place.

Step 8: Wrap the front green felt corner to the back of the watermelon slice and stitch in to place.

Step 9: Repeat steps 6 and 7 on the other side to complete.

This softie is so easy to sew and made from just three pieces of felt - the perfect project to sew together with your child. And, enjoy a little slice of watermelon all year long!

 

 

Unicorns have captured the imagination for centuries. With good reason - they are so magical! We've made this fun 3D unicorn art - just perfect for bringing a little touch of magic to any space.

Start with:

  • Paper Plates
  • Paint
  • Cardboard
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Cardstock in assorted colors

Create it!

Step 1: Cut approximately 1/6 section from paper plate.

Step 2: Fold the cut section down and glue or staple to form the head shape for the unicorn.

Step 3: Cut the textured portion off of another paper plate (save this for the horn) and cut two ears from the center of the plate.

Step 4: Glue the ears to the top of the unicorn head.

Step 5: Cut the textured portion of the paper plate into several sections, in ascending size.

Step 6: Glue the ends of each of the sections to form small rings for the unicorn horn.

Step 7: Glue the rings together to form the unicorn horn and paint yellow.

Step 8: After it dries, glue the unicorn horn to the head.

Step 9: Cut out eyes from black cardstock or paper and glue to the unicorn head.

Step 10: Cut pink cardstock and glue it to the inside of the ears.

Step 11: Cut and curls cardstock for mane. Glue to attach.

Step 12: Paint cardboard square or rectangle and once dry, glue the unicorn head to attach.

Perfect activity for a unicorn birthday party - or a rainy day - or a sunny day...you get the idea!