Since we’ve been having so much fun studying terrapins and tortoises, I thought I would try to incorporate that into another aspect of our homeschool. I decided to have the girls make turtle shells while doing some preschool math activities. The shell is made out of two pieces of cardboard cut from an old cereal box. We also used construction paper, scissors, a glue stick, a marker, a hole punch and some yarn.
We used the front of the shell to practice number recognition. For Kooks I wrote the numbers 1-10 on strips of paper and for Boo 11-20. The girls used their number cards to help figure out where the numbers would go on their shell. The numbers that didn’t fit on the front of the shell were cut into smaller pieces and went in the center of the back of the shell.
I drew two circles on the back of the shell and started a pattern in each circle for the girls to complete. I adjusted it to their age level by having Boo complete a pattern of three different shapes and Kooks complete a pattern of just two alternating shapes.
They seemed to really enjoy the activities and once everything was pasted into place I attached the two shell plates together like a sandwich board and girls got to play turtle. I braided the yarn to make the shoulder straps stronger but a thick ribbon would probably have worked better.
Here the Littles are reenacting the YouTube video we watched about one tortoise helping another who had fallen on his back and couldn’t right himself.
We thoroughly enjoyed our tortoise math lesson and the fact that we have added tortoise shells to our dress up box.
How do you recycle your cereal boxes?