Sunday, April 3, 2011

Eric Carle Inspired: Foolish Tortoise Kids Craft Project #71

Eric Carle Inspired: "Foolish Tortoise" Kids Craft Project #71
Preschool Crafts for all abilities!   
for Ages 3 Years and Up   

 Our Foolish Tortoise is fully textured with green lentils!

Supplies Needed:
  • Green Colored Lentils
  • Paper Bowl or Paper Plate
  • White Glue 
  • Foam Paint Brush
  • Green Poster Paint
  • Green Foam Paper with Sticky Backing (or construction paper and you'll need glue)
  • 2 Googly Eyes
  • Scissors
  • 1 Craft Bowl (for paint)
  • OPTIONAL: Cookie Sheet
  • Newspaper To Keep The Work Area Clean
Time Needed:  
  • up to 20-30 Minutes plus drying time
What To Do:
  1. Paint your paper bowl green (curved side up).
  2. Let dry completely.
  3. OPTIONAL: Place bowl on a cookie sheet or shallow pan. 
    HINT: This is just for minimal clean up.
  4. Pour some white glue on top of the bowl. Apply liberally!
  5. Spread out with foam foam brush to cover the top of the bowl (as shown below).
  6. Pour out some of your green lentils onto the bowl.
  7. Press with your hands to make sure they will stick.
  8. Wait 1 minute and then turn bowl upside down. Press fist into middle of bowl. This applies pressure to the lentils so they'll stick really well.
  9. Turn bowl right side up again and shake lightly to remove excess lentils.
  10. Cut out 4 claws, a head, and a tail for the tortoise from green foam paper. If you use the kind with the sticky back it is very easy to apply the lentils in the next step. If not, you will just apply glue first, then lentils, press, and wait for it to dry.
  11. Attach the 4 claws to the tortoise's body by peeling away the backing (or using glue if necessary) and sticking it to the bowl (see image below).
  12. Pour some green lentils onto each claw and press down lightly.
  13. Lift gently for excess to fall away.
  14. Apply head and tail to your tortoise.
  15. Add googly eyes to the tortoise. 
  16. Let dry completely!
  17. ENJOY! You're done! Show it off or play with it!
  18. Don't Forget to Take a photo and share it with us! You are automatically entered into our WEEKLY GIVEAWAY on our Facebook Page when you post a photo of your finished project and "Like" Us ! Giveaway is randomly selected.

Why We Love Crafts for Kids:
Art develops creative thinking, provides means of communication and self expression, increases self understanding, strengthens self concepts and confidence, serves as an emotional release, provides decision-making opportunities, develops appreciation for the individuality of others, aids physical coordination, develops work habits and a sense of responsibility, heightens aesthetic awareness and sensitivity, and generates joy!

For Children with Special Needs:  Assist your child as much as needed - but allow it to be his project.  Art projects are great for fine motor exercise, and using creativity.
If your child has a limited attention span, have all supplies ready before having him begin the project.
This opportunity for hands-on learning with no wrong choices is ideal to foster self esteem as well.
Substitute any listed supplies for supplies that your child enjoys working with.

For Older Children: An older child will also enjoy this project.

This project was inspired by the book "The Foolish Tortoise" written by Richard Buckley with pictures by Eric Carle. Always beautiful pictures by Eric Carle, in a cute tale about a tortoise who is tired of being slow and decides to get rid of his shell! However, the tortoise finds out that his shell has many important purposes and is eventually very pleased to find it again!

Tortoise Shell Memory Game:Paint and/or decorate 8 paper bowls like tortoise shells. Make + Hide 4 different pairs of anything (letters, number, shapes, designs) under the tortoise shells. Also make 3 red circles. There will be 4 matches to find. Child removes two tortoise shells and tries to find a match. No match? One red circle is put on the game area. The next person goes. Got a match? Turn those 2 shells over (or make it harder by removing them from the game area). Everyone wins if all matches are found before all 3 circles appear!



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Anonymous said...

What a fun craft! I teach a storytime at our homeschool co-op to 4-6 year olds and our story next week is The Foolish Tortoise. I'm so pleased to find this when I searched for crafts!

margot said...

this awesome craft is featured on :-)

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