Turtle Racers

turtle This activity allows kids to be creative as they create different turtles that they can then race.

Goals:

  • Practice fine motor skills, including cutting, painting, and gluing
  • Engage in cooperative play as children "race" their creations

Before You Start: Gather materials needed: Paper plates, scissors, construction paper, glue, transparent tape, wiggly eyes, paint, markers, colored pencils, paint brushes, and any other art supplies you wish you use.

Let's Get Started! Step 1. Use your art supplies to color the bottom of a paper plate to look like a turtle shell and let dry.

Step 2. Determine where the head of the turtle will go and where the tail will go. At the back of the shell where the tail will go, cut the paper plate from the edge to the center. Overlap the two cut ends about 1" and tape underneath to hold the shape.

Step 3. Cut the turtle's head, feet, and tail out of construction paper. Tape or glue them to the paper plate shell.

Step 4. When your turtles are dry, hold races by blowing with straws or fanning the turtles across the floor.

Furthermore: Provide the children with a book about turtles that they can flip through as they work. Encourage them to recognize the differences between different types of turtles and to use the turtles in the book as inspiration for their turtle racers. For fun, you can also read aloud the story "The Tortoise and the Hare."

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