Easy Paper Plate Turtle

Today it was way too hot to play outside, so it was the perfect day for crafting! This turtle is ridiculously easy for little ones to make. It is perfect for kids four and under!

Materials Needed

  • Paper Plate
  • Green Construction Paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Googly Eyes


The prep work on this one is super easy! Just cut out a head, four legs, and a little tail. After that, cut the rest of the paper into little squares.



Turn the plate over so the “bump” is facing your child and let them glue on the green squares. We used liquid glue, but if your child enjoys glue and you want to extend the time this takes by about 15 minutes, you can use stick glue and have your child the glue on each piece before putting it on the plate.


After that dries for a little bit, flip it over and let your little one glue on the head, legs, and tail.



To finish this little turtle, just flip it back over and help your little one put on the googly eyes! If you do not have googly eyes, then you can just have your little one draw on a face if they’d like.



If you’d like more paper plate fun, check out our Paper Plate Dog and our Paper Plate Flamingo.


16 responses to “Easy Paper Plate Turtle”

  1. Aw, this is so cute! What a great craft idea for an indoor play day…

  2. This is such a cute craft! I am always trying to find little crafts for the kiddos to do and they would love this one, also it looks easy enough!

  3. What a cute idea! My boys have done something similar with the tissue paper and had fun. My oldest bedroom is beach theme so we may do this to put in his room!

    1. I thought about tissue paper first but didn’t have any green, so we went with construction paper!

  4. I love this DIY! I remember doing this one with a group of kids where I was volunteering for. They had so much fun with this activity.

  5. What a cute and creative idea. This is perfect for kids and a fun way to keep them occupied.

  6. Sometime simple really is best especially when it comes to kids crafting. Love this turtle idea x

  7. Construction paper crafts are the best! What a cute and simple idea to keep the little ones busy 🙂

  8. Moana is on repeat at my house, and my toddler is obsessed with turtles, so this is a great craft to try! I live in the desert where it is still too hot outside to play so indoor activities are a must.

    1. Moana is on repeat in our house too!

  9. I was just saying that I needed some more fun crafts for my niece and nephew when they come to visit. We frequently go to watch the turtles and ducks at a nearby park and this craft would be a great thing to do after!

  10. I am sure I made projects like this when I was little. I just don’t think of doing it with my own kids.

    1. We were not a “sit and do crafts” household growing up, but I feel like it teaches so many important skills.

  11. This is such a fun, easy craft. I know my little one would love to do this.

  12. Ha ha, this is so cute! And so easy to do. I think it would be a great idea for a creative and playful activity in kids party.

  13. Awwwww this is such a fun and creative idea to keep the kids engaged while they cannot go outside to play . And the best part is its so easy to do.

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