It all started with a cartoon that Emma became rather attached to…

(i.e. she watched it 17 times)

A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures is a really cute movie on Netflix Instant right now very similar to Finding Nemo in movie style.  If you haven’t seen it yet you should!  It actually does include a lot of accurate facts about sea turtles, too – that was the bonus that started us on our sea turtle study.

Our first activity was our biggest one – making a sea turtle with moveable limbs.

We used a free printable (found here) for the head, tail, and flippers and used a big piece of watercolor paper for the shell.  She painted the shell and then I put glue on the spots and shell ridges and let her sprinkle glitter on it (we’re out of glitter now by the way).  We used paper fasteners (is that what they’re called?) to make the limbs moveable. Emma had a blast making it!  If I did it again I probably wouldn’t use glitter this time, as attractive as it did make Mr. Turtle – everywhere that turtle went there was a trail of glitter behind him.  He’d probably still be around if he hadn’t been so messy.  :-p

Next, hatchlings!

I wanted Emma to have a good idea of the size of the sea turtle hatchlings in relation to people so I found this picture online and made it into a simple little numbered puzzle:

Random fact:  Did you know that female sea turtles travel back to the shores they were born on to lay their eggs?

Next I found some coloring pages and dot-to-dot printables with facts about sea turtles on them.

Finally I put together a quick fact sheet for preschoolers since I couldn’t find one thing like it anywhere online.  You know, something simple that gives preschoolers all the important facts about sea turtles and teachers something to base their studies on.

If you would like to print it out yourself, feel free to do so!

Fact Sheet Printable

Hope this post gives you some inspiration!  :)

Other Sea Turtle Studies & Activities:

Simple sea turtle paper plate craft
Sea turtle hatching from egg craft
Sea turtle puppet (scroll down)
A homeschooler’s preschool unit on sea turtles (this is great!)

What have you been learning about lately?


3 Responses to Preschool Fun with Emma: Learning About Sea Turtles! (With Free Printable!)

  • I love the idea of making a movable turtle! That is so neat. We haven’t seen this movie. My daughter has been fussy and not wanted to but I think we are going to watch it anyway.

  • Great job on creating your own lesson! The sea turtle is very pretty, but I bet that glitter did get messy.

    By the way, we’ve always called those paper fasteners “brads” – not sure which is the correct term, but whatever works, right!

  • You’re so creative! I love turtles, and my son, too. So I think today we’re making a turtle. It’s fantastic!

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