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It’s so much fun to turn an ordinary egg carton into an adorable work of art. Your preschoolers will love making this egg carton turtle craft!
With just a few simple supplies, you will have this fun preschool craft set up in no time. Kids can get creative with colors and patterns on their turtle “shells” and top it off with a fuzzy pom pom head.
Egg Carton Turtle
Crafting doesn’t get much simpler than painting cardboard egg cartons, gluing a few decorations on, and transforming them into something new.
These egg carton turtles will make a great addition to your pond theme or even your Letter Tt lessons. They’re also good for your general animal-themed activities.
What You’ll Need
• Acrylic Paint (Color of choice)
• Pom poms for the turtle heads
• Googly eyes
• Pipe cleaners for the turtle legs
• Hot glue gun (and glue sticks)
What You’ll Do
To start, cut out your desired amount of egg carton cups. We chose 6. Then, trim each egg cup so that it lays flat on the table.
Next, paint each individual egg carton cup a color of your choice and let it dry.
Then, add details to the shell with a second accent color.
To assemble the turtle, you’ll need a pom pom ball for the head, some googly eyes, and pipe cleaners for the legs.
Glue every body part in their designated areas using your glue gun.
These turtles are just so cute! It was fun to paint each of them a little bit different, and the kids really enjoyed making them!
PRESCHOOL BOOKS ABOUT TURTLESFill your book basket with a great collection of turtle picture books. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore. If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.
Good Night Little Turtle – It’s time for bed. But first, our little turtle needs to say goodnight to his animal friends. We follow him on a short adventure as he says goodnight, one-by-one, to his friend the sheep, bird, frog, dog, rabbit and lion. He brushes his teeth, gets a bedtime story of his own and drifts off to sleep. The Box Turtle – Terrance the turtle was born without a shell, so he uses a cardboard box instead. Terrance loves his box. It keeps him dry on soggy days, safe from snooping strangers, and is big enough to cozy up with a friend. But when another turtle points out that Terrance’s shell is, well, weird, he begins to wonder whether there might be a better shell out there… Franklin and the Thunderstorm – Franklin is afraid of thunderstorms. When a storm approaches while he is playing at Fox’s house, a flash of lightning sends Franklin into his shell. He refuses to come out — even for snacks — until his friends make him laugh with their tall tales about what causes storms. And when Beaver explains what really causes thunder and lightning, Franklin begins to feel much safer.
RESOURCES I LOVE
I love giving my kids wooden toys to play with. This wooden turtle puzzle is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. Its wooden design makes it long-lasting, and it’s intricate pieces help develop visual-discrimination skills.
Kids will love the story of Tiny Tim who swallows all the water in the bathtub and blows bubbles in his bed. This Tiny Tim flannel board set is perfect for preschoolers.