This project came from an idea I saw from JustOneMommy. We've always loved Yertle the Turtle (affiliate link here) so this game was a perfect fit!
|Yertle the Turtle is one of my favorite Dr. Seuss stories. Photo from Amazon.com|
How To Play:
Children take turns rolling a die and stacking the number of turtles that they roll (i.e. if they roll a 4, they stack 4 turtles on top of each other). Children take turns rolling and stacking (in one tall stack) to see how high they can pile the turtles without them falling over. You can also do a variation of this where children just take turns placing one turtle on top of another to see how high they can pile up the turtles. We had fun doing this at home, just seeing how high we could stack the turtles before they toppled.
-empty egg carton (I had a giant recyclable one from Costco)
-green and yellow paints (I used tempera)
-black Sharpie marker
Step 1. Make sure your egg carton is clean and dry and cut it out into separate pieces that resemble turtles. I used a giant egg tray from Costco that held 32 eggs or something like that. It was made of recyclable material that was good for painting, but a little hard to cut.
Step 2. Line your eggs up on a tray or newspaper so you can paint them. This was not my favorite part. I'm not a fan of painting, believe it or not, and I realized last minute that we were out of green paint, so I had to mix some of my own! Bah!
Step 4. If you like you can paint heads and legs/arms on them, too. I told you I'm a bit of a perfectionist so I kept adding things to the turtles, which made it very time consuming. But you can make it super simple- the kiddos won't care either way!
|If you opted to add heads on them, be sure to add eyes and a smile with Sharpie!|
Jersey Momma Tips and Short-Cuts!
- This project took way longer than I thought it would. The Jersey Momma's Boy was too busy playing Minecraft to help paint. Sad, but true. So if you have a helper or two, the painting should go much faster.
-I had a huge egg tray. You don't have to use one this big. You can use a regular dozen egg carton. Styrofoam cartons would probably work, too, but they might be harder to stack because they are so lightweight.
-If your egg carton happens to be green you might not even have to paint them at all.
-If I did this again I might opt to spray paint the whole tray first so I wouldn't have to paint each one individually. I don't know if it would work, but dealing with a large tray like that, it might have been faster.
-These turtles don't have to be used just for Dr. Seuss Day. They would be great accents for a classroom reptile unit, or just for fun as a crafty project to make in the springtime. You can paint them all different colors, too! Rainbow turtles!
-Save these turtles in a ziploc bag and you've got a game for another year! This is especially helpful in a classroom.
-And don't forget to read Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss so your players know the tale of Mack the Turtle and the great King Yertle!!
SHORT-CUT: I haven't tried it myself, but I have seen this project done with green plastic Easter eggs. If you can find green and yellow plastic eggs, you can use them the same way as the carton turtles above. You can even draw faces and legs on them with Sharpies, too.
|You can find Yertle the Turtle at Amazon.com or at one of your local booksellers.|