Do you have a favorite Dr. Seuss book?
One that I remember reading again and again as a child is Yertle the Turtle. There was just something about it that made me return to it time and time again.
I was happy to discover that my kids love this story, too. They wanted an activity to go with the book, and pretty soon, this Yertle the Turtle activity was born.
It’s one of our favorite Dr. Seuss activities so far.
Yertle the Turtle Activity
- 1 or more empty egg cartons
- Construction paper (We chose green and brown, but your child may choose another color.)
- 1 or more game die
- Clear tape
Before playing the Yertle the Turtle Stack the Turtles Game, you need some turtles!
Cut turtle bodies from the sections of the egg carton.
Use construction paper to cut 1 inch long ovals to make the turtle’s heads. We used green and brown for ours.
Secure the heads to the inside of the turtle’s body with a piece of clear tape.
How to Play the Yertle the Turtle Game:
Select one turtle to be Mack (the bottom turtle in the book).
Take turns rolling the game die to see how many turtle to stack on top of Mack.
The idea is to see how many turtles you can stack before someone makes Mack “burp” (like in the book), and the whole stack comes tumbling down!
We had so much playing this inspired by Dr. Seuss math game that they didn’t even realize they were working on counting skills and fine motor coordination along the way.
Adapt the game to your child’s skill level. For younger children one egg carton may make enough turtles to stack. Older children will be able to stack more of them before the tower falls.
To work on addition skills you can use more than one game die and have them add up the total before stacking on the turtles.
I love sharing some of my favorite childhood books with my own kids.
This Yertle the Turtle activity made the book even more fun for them.
More Dr. Seuss activities:
- Simple Cat in the Hat craft
- I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today craft
- Activities for Hop on Pop
- Dr. Seuss Sensory Play
- Dr. Seuss Sight Word Game
More math activities: