October 1st, 2020
Part 1: The Craft
Step 1: Getting Your Supplies
- Empty Egg Carton
- Green/Yellow Paints
- Sharpie Marker
The egg cartons I used for this craft were from a grocery store (donated by a family member). I also used various greens of acrylic craft paints, which dry fairly quick.
Step 2: Cutting Out Your Turtle Shells
The cartons that I used were made of a recyclable material, which holds the paint very well, but is difficult to cut with scissors. If your carton is of a similar material, patience is key. I used maybe an inch high of each egg “cup” and left a piece attached that could be bent up to use as the head of my turtles. (It sorta looks like a small cardboard baseball cap.)
Step 3: Painting Your Turtle Shells
This step is really based on preference. You can line up your turtle shells on a newspaper to paint them, or you can paint them one by one like I did (it’s messier, but we all know how okay I am with that). I used three shades of green: dark, regular, and light. I used the dark green for the base cover and let it dry. Then, I used the other two shades lightly over the ridges of the cartons to give it texture. However, turtles have a variety of colors on their shells, so feel absolutely free to get creative with your paint jobs. The Sharpie marker is just in case you want to draw on little turtle faces.
*Suggestion: In the book Yertle the Turtle, the turtle on the bottom is a turtle named Mack, who just so happens to have a distinctive checkerboard shell. After reading the story and talking about it with your child, you could have them use the Sharpie to distinguish Mack from the rest of the turtles.
In the original craft, the turtle shells are left open at the bottom, which allows for much easier stacking and a longer game once you start playing. For the purposes on my video, I opted to add a flat bottom on my turtles. I used a heavier cardstock and attached the turtles with hot glue. I had considered adding legs and a tail to the bottom to give a much more turtle-like appearance to the carton shells.
This step is NOT necessary.
Part 2: The Game
Variation 1: Players will take turns rolling a die. For whatever number they roll, they stack that many turtles. Take turns rolling and stacking in one tall stack to see how high the turtles can go before falling over.
Variation 2: Players can take turns placing one turtle on top at a time to see how high the pile can go.
Variation 3: If you’ve used the alternative step and added a bottom to your turtles, players can stack their own piles and see who can get the most to stack without the pile falling over.