(Open thematic poster-Turtles) Print, laminate, and decorate the walls of your daycare with all kinds of posters.
(Open educa-decorate-Turtles) Print, laminate, and cut out the illustrations. Use them to decorate your walls or hang them from the ceiling.
(Open garland-Turtles) Print. Have children decorate the garland. Cut it out and hang it within your daycare or near your daycare entrance. Hang plastic turtles from the ceiling throughout the daycare. Hide some among the toys children play with most.
This tool was created in response to a special request received. (Open group identification-Turtles) Print. Use the illustrations and charts to decorate your daycare and identify children's items.
Organize a trip to your local pet shop before introducing the theme to your group. Invite them to guess which type of animal you will be talking about while they are observing the animals.
Poni discovers and presents-Turtles
(Open Poni discovers and presents-Turtles) Print and laminate the cards. Using a Poni puppet or another puppet children are familiar with, present the different types of turtles to your group.
The pictures may be used as a memory game or to spark a conversation with your group. Use them to decorate the daycare or a specific thematic corner. (Open picture game-Turtles) Print, laminate, and store in a Ziploc bag or thematic bin.
(Open activity sheets-Turtles) Print and follow instructions.
(Open stationery-Turtles) Print and use the stationery to communicate with parents, in your reading and writing area, or to identify your thematic bins. (Open writing activities-T like turtle) Print for each child or laminate for use with a dry-erase marker.
(Open educa-nuudles-Turtles) Print for each child. Have children color the sheet and use Magic Nuudles to give it a three-dimensional look. Variation: You don't have Magic Nuudles? Have children fill the spaces designed for Magic Nuudles with bingo markers or stickers. To order Magic Nuudles:
- Offer green and brown blocks...the colors found in marshes and forests.
- Forest animals.
- Reptiles and frogs.
- Objects found in nature such as tree branches, pine needles, pinecones, etc.
Arts & crafts
- Various shapes cut out of construction paper that can be used to create different reptiles.
- An easel and paint for painting reptiles.
- Paper plates that can be used to create turtles.
- Ropes and paint for coil-shaped creations.
- The pet shop: cages, an aquarium, plastic plants, plastic animals, empty pet food boxes and containers, etc.
- A marsh or forest: Arrange plastic plants to represent a marsh or forest. Add plastic animals and reptiles.
- Costume bin: safari-type clothing, a hat, binoculars, etc.
- Memory game involving pictures of reptiles (educatall picture games).
- Memory game, lotto game, or other board game involving reptiles.
- Green and brown modeling dough for shaping reptiles and their habitat.
- Puzzles related to the theme.
- Multicolored beads for creating colourful snakes.
- Coloring pages related to the theme.
- Creative coloring activities.
- Offer green or brown paper instead of plain white paper.
- Offer crayons that are not normally available such as waxed crayons or colored pencils.
- Stencils for tracing reptile shapes.
- Books about reptiles and their world.
- A Franklin the Turtle movie.
- A picture book with pictures of different reptiles. Old National Geographic magazines are packed with great pictures.
- A poster representing different reptiles.
- Activity sheets related to the theme.
- Connect the dot activities.
- Explore the letter R like reptile, T like turtle, etc.
Music and motor skills:
- An obstacle course throughout which children must collect (or avoid) reptiles.
- Use instruments to reproduce a rattlesnake sound.
- Transform a sensory bin to represent a vivarium. Simply add soil, gravel, water, tree branches, etc. along with a few plastic reptiles.
Use the cards to spark a conversation with your group or in your reading and writing area. They may also be used to identify your thematic bins. (Open word flashcards-Turtles) (Open giant word flashcards-Turtles) Print. turtle, shell, green, ocean, beach, vivarium, eggs, hare, scale, slow, marsh, sand
ROUTINES AND TRANSITIONS
Game-This is my spot-Turtles
(Open game-This is my spot-Turtles) Print two copies. Laminate and cut out the cards. Glue one copy of each card on the table using adhesive paper. Drop the copies in a bag. Children take turns picking a card to determine their spot at the table for the day. You may also use the cards to determine naptime spots or for your task train.
My turtle path
(Open my turtle path) Print, laminate, and secure the illustrations on the floor to create a path which leads to areas frequently visited by children such as the bathroom or cloakroom. If you prefer, the illustrations may also be used to delimit your various workshops.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND MOTOR SKILLS
(Open lacing-Turtles) Print, laminate, and punch holes where indicated. Give children a shoelace or ribbon they can use to lace the shapes.
Use adhesive tape to define a start and finish line. Show children how they can round their back to represent a turtle's shell. For this race, the winner will be the last child to cross the finish line.
(Open game-Turtles) Print and laminate. Before children arrive, hide turtles in your sandbox. Encourage children to shout "Turtle!" each time they find a turtle. The other children will rush over to see it.
Invite children to move about very slowly on their hands and knees.
MUSICAL AND RHYTHMIC ACTIVITIES
Pour rice in a paper plate. Place another plate on top and staple the two paper plates together. Have children paint their turtle. When the paint is dry, they can add a head and legs. Children will love to parade around your daycare or neighbourhood with their turtle tambourines.
(Open educ-pairs-Turtles) Print. Children must draw a line to connect identical illustrations or color them the same color. For durable, eco-friendly use, laminate for use with a dry-erase marker.
(Open educ-trace-Turtles) Print for each child. Children must trace each line with the correct color and then color the corresponding item using the same color.
Educ-same and different-Turtles
(Open educ-same and different-Turtles) Print and laminate for durable, eco-friendly use. Children must circle the illustration that is different in each row.
Explain to your group how reptiles are cold-blooded, unlike mammals (like us!) that are warm-blooded. Explore a variety of different hot and cold items such as water, the air from a hairdryer, a towel that just came out of a dryer, etc.
Hard like a shell
Explore hard and soft objects to help children understand the difference. Have them tap the objects with a stick and pay attention to the different sounds produced and the force of the impact.
Give each child a "Ritz" cracker. Let them spread cream cheese (or peanut butter if there are no nut allergies in your group) on it. Provide pretzels they can use to represent a head, legs, and a tail. Let children eat their turtle when they are done.
ARTS & CRAFTS
(Open models-Turtles) Print. Use the models as a starting point for various crafts and projects.
(Open puppets-Turtles) Print the models on heavy paper. Have children cut them out and decorate them. Attach Popsicle sticks to the back of each model to make puppets.
(Open stencils-Turtles) Print and cut out the stencils. Children can use them to trace or paint items related to the theme.
My mini turtle
(Open my mini turtle) Print, cut out, and color the pieces. Use them to transform empty toilet paper rolls to make them look like turtles. Hang them from the ceiling.
Give each child a coffee filter. Turn it upside down (bottom at the top). Have them glue pieces of construction paper on it to represent a turtle's scales. Once dry, encourage them to draw eyes (or glue wiggly eyes) to complete their turtle.
Print a few turtle models and have children paint them using sponges. Make a little hole at the top of each turtle and thread a piece of string through so you can hang them from the ceiling.
My 3D turtle
(Open turtle model) Print the front and back of the turtle's shell. Have children color and decorate the pieces as they wish. When they are done, assemble the two parts by stapling the contour of the shell, leaving the top open so children can stuff the shell with newspaper or cotton balls. Glue the head and legs on the body.
I am learning to draw-A turtle
(Open I am learning to draw-A turtle) Print and laminate the model sheet. Invite children to practice their drawing technique on the model sheet. When they are ready, they can try to draw a turtle on their own.
(Open coloring pages theme-Turtles) Print for each child.
SONGS & RHYMES
(Open songs & rhymes-The little turtle)
The little turtle
By: Patricia Morrison
Sung to: The wheels on the bus
The little turtle's head pops in and out, in and out, in and out
The little turtle's head pops in and out of its shell
(children raise their shoulders and then stretch out their neck)
The little turtle's legs move oh so slow, oh so slow, oh so slow
The little turtle's legs move oh so slow on the sand
(children move their hands very slowly)
The little turtle's shell is a carapace, carapace, carapace
The little turtle's shell's called a carapace, it's hard as rock
(children knock on the floor)
The Educatall team