This easy turtle craft for kids is perfect as a simple summer craft or if you’re looking at under the sea crafts for kids. Using paper plates make it a cheap option to do with a group or of course you can make it at home and just be happy that you didn’t need to but 265 new things just to make one craft (we’ve all been there at one point right? My kids love Pinterest but my bank balance? Not always so much…) I’ve used cotton wool for this craft as a nice alternative to a paint brush that can help encourage your child’s pincer grasp but you’ll find a couple of alternatives below too if you don’t have any cotton wool balls at home.
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For this craft you will need:
- A paper plate
- Green card or paper
- Sellotape / glue
- Cotton wool
- Green and yellow paints
- Reusable plate
- White scrap paper
- Black pen
Start by painting your paper plate. Pour some paints onto a reusable plate (we use an old camping one) and then pinching the cotton wool get some paint onto the cotton wool and then dab it onto your paper plate until it is covered. Not got any cotton wool? You could use a pom pom, or some kitchen foil or if you don’t mind messy hands then why not do this as finger painting? If your child doesn’t like getting covered in paint (and lots of them don’t, mine are a bit feral though and always end up looking like the Hulk or a smurf) then you could use a wooden clothes peg to hold onto the cotton wool so they can hold that instead. Same painting effect, less messy.
Once your paper plate is dry cut out your turtle’s flippers, head and tail from green card or paper and stick these onto the bottle of your paper plate. To make your turtle’s eyes cut two circles out from white scrap paper and stick these onto your turtles’ face and then draw a black dot in the middle of each of them.
More Easy Sea Crafts for Kids
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