10 CUTE Turtle Crafts for Preschoolers

Looking for some turtle crafts for preschoolers?

 

I have 10 fun and easy turtle crafts for preschoolers they will LOVE! These crafts are perfect for an ocean-themed unit, letter T activities, or just for fun!

 

Let’s get started with some awesome turtle crafts for preschoolers.

 


Craft #1: Paper Plate Turtle Craft

 

Paper plate crafts are easy and fun for kids. This turtle craft for preschoolers is a must-try activity!

 

I love that you can create such amazing crafts out of a simple paper plate.

 

turtle paper plate craft

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

  • paper plate
  • tissue paper squares
  • glue stick
  • cardstock paper
  • scissors
  • googly eyes

 

tissue paper squares

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B. Set-up

 

The kids will pick out the colors of tissue paper that they want to use. Then, have them use a glue stick to stick the tissue paper squares on the plate.

 

While they are doing this step, you can create the turtle’s head and legs.

 

C. Activity

 

The kids can cut out the pieces you created for the turtle. Then, they will use a glue stick to glue the pieces to the paper plate!

 

If they aren’t sticking good, you can always use a hot glue gun to make sure they stay on.

 

Add a face to the turtle, and you have a pretty and colorful turtle craft!

 

RELATED: Paper Plate Crafts for Kids

 


Craft #2: Coffee Filter Turtle Craft

 

Have you ever tried a coffee filter craft? They turn out SO awesome, and it’s an easy activity for kids to do.

 

All they have to do is scribble on the coffee filters! This is such a great turtle craft for preschoolers.

 

 

coffee filter turtle craft

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

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B. Set-up

 

Have the kids use markers to color on the coffee filters. They can use a specific color pattern or use whatever colors they want.

 

Place the coffee filters on an art tray and have the kids spray the coffee filters to make them completely wet.

 

Let them dry (this is how they look the best). If you plan to do this activity, I’d do this part the first day and complete the craft the next day.

 

C. Activity

 

Cut the pieces of the turtle out of cardstock paper. Then, have the kids use a glue stick to glue on the pieces.

 

Add some googly eyes and a smile for the turtles!

 

Check out how pretty and fun this turtle craft is!

 

RELATED: Easy Toddler Activities 

 


Craft #3: Cardboard Turtle Craft

 

I love that you can use many different craft supplies for this turtle craft for preschoolers!

 

They all look unique and adorable in their own way! I love looking at the differences!

 

cardboard turtle craft

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

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B. Set-up

 

Place a bowl on a piece of cardstock and trace it using a pencil. Then, use a box cutter to cut out the circle you created. An adult should do this step of the project.

 

C. Activity

 

Create a head, legs, and tail for the turtle. The kids will use a glue stick to stick these items underneath the shell.

 

Then, the kids will stick on buttons, scrunch up tissue paper squares, or use poms for the turtle’s shells.

 

They can use regular school glue to stick these items on!

 


Craft #4: Pasta Turtle Craft

 

Sensory crafts are fun, and the kids love to use them to create.

 

Using shell pasta noodles was perfect for making the turtle’s shell!

 

turtle pasta craft

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

  • cardboard
  • shell pasta noodles
  • acrylic paint
  • ziplock bag
  • parchment paper
  • art tray
  • googly eyes
  • marker
  • glue

 

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B. Set-up

 

To color the pasta noodles, you will add a cup of shell pasta in a ziplock bag. Dump some acrylic paint in, close the bag up, and shake it! Then, dump out the shells on an art tray covered with parchment paper.

 

Repeat this process if you want to do another color.

 

Let them dry. It takes about 20-30 minutes for the shells to dry.

 

C. Activity

 

Draw a turtle shape onto cardboard. Then, paint it using acrylic paints!

 

Then, have the kids use school glue to glue the pasta noodles to the turtle’s shell.

 

Add googly eyes and a smile to your turtle! Let it dry and then feel it! The kids will love the 3D look of the turtle!

 

RELATED: Sensory Activities for Kids

 


Craft #5: Cupcake Liner Turtle Craft

 

Using cupcake liners for crafts is so fun and different!

 

I used the cupcake liners for a turtle craft for preschoolers because they make the perfect shell for a turtle, don’t they?

 

cupcaker liner turtle craft

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

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B. Set-up

 

Grab all of your supplies and plug in your hot glue gun.

 

C. Activity

 

This craft requires the use of a hot glue gun. Most of this craft would be done by an adult. However, there is a spot where kids can be included in this craft; I’ll explain.

 

You want to take a large pom and hot glue it to the cupcake liner for the head of the turtle.

 

Then, you’ll want to take 4 smaller green poms and hot glue them to the sides of the cupcake liner for the legs.

 

After this part is done, the kids can decorate the top of the cupcake liners. They can use markers, small macaroni noodles, gems, or sequins to make the turtle shells colorful!

 


Craft #6: Handprint Turtles

 

I always have to add a handprint craft to all the craft articles!

 

I just love them; seeing the kid’s hands in crafts is the cutest. Of course, they always love it too. This turtle craft for preschoolers is a must-try idea!

 

turtle handprint craft

 

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

colored macaroni

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B. Set-up

 

Trace your little one’s hand on green cardstock paper and cut it out.

 

Create a head for the turtle, cut it out and use a glue stick to paste it to the handprint.

 

C. Activity

 

We used shell noodles from our Lakeshore Learning colored macaroni pack for this craft!

 

Have the kids use glue to attach the shell pasta noodles to the turtle’s shell. They can use both big and small noodles!

 

Add the googly eyes and a smile, and you have the cutest turtle craft for kids!

 

RELATED: Sensory Activities for Kids 

 


Craft #7: Sponge Turtle Craft

 

Using sponges is one of my favorite supplies to use for crafting with the kids.

 

Making shells using sponges is an easy and fun way to make a turtle craft.

 

sponge turtle craft

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

  • sponge
  • scissors
  • acrylic paint
  • colored paper
  • googly eyes
  • glue
  • art tray
  • acrylic paint markers

 

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B. Set-up

 

Create a semi-circle using a Sharpie marker on a sponge, and it cut out.

 

C. Activity

 

Have the kids paint the sponge green. They will make a few prints on the blue paper, so it seems like the turtles are swimming in the water!

 

Create the turtle’s head and legs out of green paper. Then, cut these pieces out and have the kids paste them in the correct spots.

 

Lastly, have the kids add googly eyes on the turtle and paint on a tail! You can also use acrylic paint markers to make waves in the water!

 

RELATED: Ocean Crafts for Kids

 


Craft #8: Turtle Color by Code

 

This color-by-code pet animal-themed activity is a fun way for kids to work on numbers! There is a turtle in this pack along with (a dog, cat, fish, snake, bunny, rabbit, and bird)

 

My son loves the color-by-code printables SO much! They are by far his favorite learning activity.

pet color by code printables

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

Grab your pet animal color by code printable HERE

 

B. Set-up

 

Print off the sheets that you want to use!

 

C. Activity

 

Make sure your child understands how to read the key at the top of the page. Then, they will color each number in the picture based on what the key says.

 

These are my kid’s favorite out of all the printables I create. They love revealing the picture at the end!

 

RELATED: Math Printables 

 


Craft #9: Seashell Turtle Craft

 

Using seashells is the PERFECT way to make a turtle craft for preschoolers!

 

We had a bunch of shells from a trip that we went on just sitting in my son’s room. He was so excited to put them to use!

 

seashell turtle craft

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

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B. Set-up

 

Create the turtle’s head and legs on cardstock paper.

 

We placed the shells onto the paper and created the pieces to make sure they would fit and look good!

 

C. Activity

 

Have the kids use acrylic paint markers to paint the seashells different colors! The acrylic paint markers are a great supply to use! It’s less messy than having to worry about painting. However, using acrylic paints would work as well!

 

While you are waiting for the shells to dry, have the kids add googly eyes and a smile on the head of the turtle.

 

Once the shell is dry, the adult will have to hot glue the head and legs to the shell to get them to stick.

 

Check out your pretty turtles!! My kids put these in their rooms for decoration!

 

RELATED: Summer Crafts for Kids 

 


Craft #10: Rock Turtles

Painting rocks is one of my kid’s favorite activities. They find it so much fun to use rocks for art projects!

 

This turtle craft for preschoolers will be a huge hit!

 

rock turtle craft

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

 

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B. Set-up

 

Create a turtle on cardstock paper and cut it out!

 

C. Activity

The kids will use acrylic paints to paint the rocks for the turtle’s shell! They can make ones that actually look like a turtle’s shell, or they can create how they’d like!

 

Wait for the rock to dry.

 

Then, an adult will use hot glue to attach the rock to the turtle’s body.

 

What a fun way to use rocks for crafting!

 

RELATED: Outdoor Activities for Kids

 


Final Thoughts and Conclusion

 

Turtle crafts are so much fun to do with the kids!

 

I hope you can find some turtle crafts for preschoolers that you’ll try! I’d love to hear about what craft you tried with your kids at home or in the classroom.

 

Happy Crafting!

 

Deena

 

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