Turtles have been around since the days when dinosaurs walked the earth -- millions of years ago. In our next turtle activity, you will learn how to make your own terrific turtle.
What You'll Need:
Do you know the difference between a turtle and a tortoise? A turtle refers to all shelled reptiles, but a tortoise is a type of turtle that lives entirely on the land. Turtles come in all sizes. Some can grow as big as 1,200 pounds and live as long as 100 years.
To create your turtle, begin with a medium-size rock. This will be your turtle's body and shell. Then find four similar-size pebbles to use for the feet. Glue the pebbles onto your rock using strong glue, leaving room at one end for the head. Now find a stone slightly larger than the feet to be your turtle's head, and glue it in place. Let the glue dry.
Once the glue dries, it's time to decorate your pet. Paint a face, and then decide what kind of design you want your turtle's shell to have. Many turtles have lovely, colorful designs on their shells. (You can look in a reference book to see some examples.) Or you can come up with your own design. Maybe you want a spiral or checkerboard pattern on your turtle's shell.
Our last turtle craft, turtle tails, is both a creative exercise and a fun game. Read about it on the next page.