Painted Sea Turtle

My toddler loves anything to do with the ocean! Today, we made a painted sea turtle.

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Materials Needed

  • White Paper (I used paper from a large roll)
  • Green Construction Paper
  • Googly Eyes
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Green Paint
  • Pen or Pencil (Optional. I draw out shapes before I cut them)

I started by drawing then cutting out an oval from the white paper. After that, I cut a head, two front flippers, and two back flippers from the green paper. If your child is old enough to cut out the shapes themselves, you can let them do so. It is great fine motor skill practice.

Next, I let my toddler paint the white paper. She used her hands, but you can also have your little one use a paint brush or a sponge.

We had to wait awhile for the paper to dry, but once that happened, I helped her glue the green construction paper parts onto the back of the painted paper.

Lastly, I helped her glue on the googly eyes.

Our finished product was an adorable sea turtle that looks like it is ready to swim away.

Book Suggestions

Children often learn best when books are paired with arts or activities. Here are some book suggestions to go with this cute craft!

We hope you and your little one enjoy making this fun sea turtle! If your little one is also ocean obsessed, we will be publishing several more ocean and fish related crafts and activities in the near future! If you can not wait for more crafty fun, check out the crab craft we did last summer!

21 responses to “Painted Sea Turtle”

  1. This will be perfect for this week. We are on the long (17-hour) drive home from Florida and my boys are already complaining about missing the beach. They’ll love this as a way to come down from the vacation high!

    1. This would be a great way to shake off the post vacation blues!

  2. WHat a fun and sweet craft idea to do with littles! Love last summer’s crab craft as well – great easy ideas!

  3. Sea turtles are an absolute favorite animal in our house — what a fun craft! I could even see my older daughter making some pretty designs on the shell. Great idea!

    1. Any kind of turtle is a favorite in our house.

  4. This is a great idea. The kids loves sea turtles they will have a great time doing this. Thanks!

  5. oh how fun! My little ones would totally love making this cute sea turtle and learning about sea turtles!

    1. My daughter got some green paint on her in the process and decided she was going to be a sea turtle for the next several hours (even after i washed off the paint). It was a very engaging art project.

  6. This is super cool. Crafts are a great learning tool to help kids and adults find their creative juices.

  7. My toddler is obsessed with all things ocean, too! We’ll definitely have to make this together.

    1. I hope you both enjoy it!

  8. Such a fun craft idea. I wished I had kids to teach them these craft idea. I will share this post with a friend of mine. She has little kids, I am sure her kids are going to love painting this sea turtle.

  9. I love this – it’s so cute! What a fun craft idea for little ones…

  10. I love turtle crafts! This looks so fun I know my kids would really enjoy this craft!

  11. What a fun activity to do with kids..! The sea turtle looks so cute..! Thanks for sharing..!

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  13. What a cute and easy craft project! Low mess, low stress!

    1. Low mess crafts are our favorite!

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