We’ve paired a great movie with a craft to celebrate Sea Turtles!
Before we went to Mexico on our trip this summer, we studied as much as we could about sea turtles. To start off, we watched Turtle: The Incredible Journey. Have you seen this!? The cinematography is phenomenal!! You and your kids will follow a female loggerhead turtle on an extraordinary 2 year, 9000 mile journey from a beach in Florida, up the coast of North America to the frozen north, across the ocean to Africa, and then back to the beach where she was born. Oooh, and awww at the baby turtles in the first 30 seconds!
After the film, make this simple turtle craft. Gather the materials:
Check out photos of sea turtles on-line. Notice how sea turtles have large front flippers (unlike land tortoises) for swimming, and smaller back flippers that can be used for digging their nests in the sand. They have streamlined shells that can be anywhere from olive-green to yellow to browns, reds, or even black. A sea turtle cannot retract its head under its shell as a land turtle can, and generally has the same type of camouflage on its limbs and head. The top part of the shell- called the carapace- is either oval or heart-shaped, and is covered with a layer of horny plates called scutes (except the leatherback turtle). We were told that adult males have longer, thicker tails than females.
Once you draw your turtles with the oil pastels, paint blue water over the entire pictures with the watercolors. Now you have your own sea turtles!