Turtle shell prints for preschoolers

Turtle shell prints for preschoolers

I don’t know what it is about turtles but I just love them and I am always trying to think of new ways to make them so they are a little less craftsy and a little more artsy….

This turned out to be a fun way to make turtle prints to go along with the book – “The Foolish Tortoise” by Eric Carle. Start by cutting out “shell” shapes or ovals from a piece of Styrofoam. I saved my pieces of Styrofoam from packages of meat and then washed them good with soap and hot water…

Older preschoolers can use a toothpick to carve lines or circle-shapes into the Styrofoam – younger preschoolers may need a little assistance to do the carving or can press the shapes into the Styrofoam with a small cookie cutter…

Next, roll some paint over the lines made into the Styrofoam…

Then flip the Styrofoam, paint side down, onto a sheet of paper and rub it. Now lift and you have a turtle shell print…

Provide several pieces of Styrofoam and different paint colors so that the children can explore making a variety of turtle shell prints…

Here is one with the more rounded prints…

Crayons can also be supplied so the children can add arm, legs, and a head if desired. I liked the shells without anything but here is a sample both ways…

Yes, even a preschooler can draw better than me 🙂

More Turtle Links

Fingerprint Turtles from GummyLump

Paper Bowl Turtle from Play and Learn with Dana and Gummy Lump

Recycled Sea Turtles from We Heart Art

Rock Turtles from Preschool Daze

Cake Pan Turtles from The Artful Parent

Torn Paper Turtles from Ramblings of a Crazy Woman


  • artsy_momma Posted April 27, 2011 10:55 pm

    Love, love, love it!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted April 28, 2011 12:51 am

    I think you could use fingerprints for the body parts too:)

  • eva harp Posted April 28, 2011 7:50 pm

    Fun idea! Thank you for the post.

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted April 28, 2011 9:26 pm

    You are welcome:)

  • Chel Posted April 29, 2011 10:30 pm

    Love this idea!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted April 29, 2011 11:17 pm

    Thank you Chel:)

  • kelli Posted May 1, 2011 1:32 am

    i really love this idea! thanks-

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted May 1, 2011 9:22 am

    You are welcome Kelly:)

  • Darcey Posted May 1, 2011 12:26 pm

    Deborah, What a great idea! I also like the list of turtle activities you’ve linked to. I’ve included this post on my weekly favorites here: http://play2grow.blogspot.com/2011/05/weekly-favorites-for-may-1-2011.html Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted May 1, 2011 1:54 pm

    Thank you Darcey! You are always so sweet to include my posts in your favorites!

  • Shauna Posted May 7, 2011 12:30 pm

    Oh wow, do I LOVE this activity. I can’t wait to try it out! Thanks for sharing!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted May 7, 2011 8:56 pm

    You are welcome:) I am so glad you like it!

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