With the warmer weather bringing all kinds of animals out, I thought we’d try our hand at making a few paper plate turtles. As a bonus, this turtle craft can easily be turned into a puppet!
First assemble the necessary pieces for each turtle: 1 paper plate, 4 legs, head, and tail. (See picture below.)
Then have the kids color their turtle shells (back side of the paper plate) with markers. (With older kids you could have them try to replicate a box turtle design (or other turtle shell), but with little ones I just let them get artistic.)
Then flip the plate over and tape the head, legs, and tail to the “shell.” (Using tape instead of glue means you can play with your creations right away!)
Finally, to make it into a puppet, use a 1 inch thick strip of thin cardboard (think cereal box), fold the ends and tape it to the underside of the shell as shown.
Simple to make and pretty cute! (I’m talking about the turtle, but I have to say the boy is pretty cute, too!)
The kids had lots of fun making their turtles “crawl” on the floor, wiggle and dance, and in the case of my son’s turtle — drive trucks!