What's small, round and cute, fits nicely into the palm of your little hand, is able-to-see-quite-well-thank-you-very-much through a pair of plastic wiggle eyes, lives in a box, swims in a puddle, climbs on the rocks, snaps at a mosquito, snaps at a flea, snaps at a minnow, snaps at me, and goes pokin' along on a string after being made at grandma's house on an afternoon full of sunshine and fun?
Pet turtles for everybody?
Pet turtles for everybody! YES!
|2013 version of my original creation|
Wish I still had the first one!
I also remember stringing together paper caps, ones diligently saved from glass bottles that delivered morning snack milk. Stupid white yarn! It snarled at me and tangled, and in frustration I tossed it beneath my table. The dark shadow that immediately appeared behind me was Sister Conrad. She called me a naughty girl and made me retrieve and complete it. Who in their right mind would ever want to wear the "belt" that bungled mess eventually became? Not me.
And those two projects - the very best and the very worst - are the only ones I remember from my inaugural year as a student.
In our family, everything's a cat toy! Bree's pet, Ted, thinks she made this one for him.
Draw a free hand turtle outline a bit larger than the walnut half on card stock and cut it out. Kids can paint the shell and draw features on the body. Cut a hole a bit smaller than a marble in the center of paper turtle. Place marble inside the shell and glue body in place over it. Pull a needle with a long length of heavy thread through the nose and knot to complete.
|Buttons? Glue? All gone?|
And you think I might know where they went?
*Vachel Lindsay wrote The Little Turtle poem for his niece in 1918, well before even I was born! (really!)
Fantastic! Sounds as if everyone enjoyed the projects, even the cat! Well, especially the cat, but I love the button turtles. Wonderful!ReplyDelete
Awwww, what fun projects for the grandkids. Thank you for the grand ideas :)ReplyDelete
Too darn cute! Glad you took pictures because this is precious! LindaReplyDelete
So cute - my grandsons might get a big kick out of the marble turtle. I'll have to get to the store and buy some walnuts in the shell. Our grocery stores carry nuts in the shell all year round. I'll have to pick out the walnuts - or maybe just get a pound of mixed nuts and eat the others too.ReplyDelete
These are adorable! As always, your post was so enjoyable to read.ReplyDelete
LOVE your turtles! That is absolutely the cutest picture of Bree! I clicked to go to your link and it opens to just her cute little face and made my smile just as big! Looks like you had a great time as always. I don't ever remember making turtles like that. Very cute!ReplyDelete
I have a turtle collection so just may have to duplicate your efforts. You know, you can never have too many turtles!ReplyDelete
So cute ! And that first picture....she is so adorable in that pic that I just bust out laughing! :)ReplyDelete
It looks like you all had a great time. And I forgot about making turtles from walnut shells. Hope you have a wonderful day.ReplyDelete
Oh this is so beautiful. The children really had a good time. Great activity for their development & creativity. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
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Have a nice week.
Hi this is adorable, you've given me an idea for the next fun toy for my son. glad I came thru Cuddlebug CutiesReplyDelete
What a fun project ~ for children of *every* age!ReplyDelete
How does the marble turtle work? It doesn't look like there's a hole under the marble to make it roll along the floor. Intriguing idea.ReplyDelete
The walnut turtle has a hole cut in the center of the paper body that's a little smaller than the marble. After the paper body is glued to the shell the marble partially falls into the hole and that's how it rolls. However, to be honest, you could do very well without it and just pull the little guy along on a thread! I used the marbles just because that's the way my very first project was made!Delete
Love these colourful creatures, but love your comment about being a kindergartner over a half century ago, even more! It sure feels that way :)ReplyDelete
These turtles are so cute. I love them. I think Our Little Princesses would enjoy making and playing with them too.ReplyDelete
Precious, as your crafts always are, not only because the crafts are the. most. awesome. ever, but also because those grandkids are so incredibly cute. Great idea.ReplyDelete
(Speaking of turtles, I was always very jealous of my cousins who had a REAL turtle, a little tiny one in an aquarium. Now that I'm a grownup, your marble ones are far preferable to those harboring horrible germs and ickiness.)
These are adorable turtles! Love the kitty picture. That is too cute. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent this week. Have a wonderful week. :)ReplyDelete
You are the funnest grandma!!ReplyDelete
What a wonderful time at grandma's house, not there yet, can wait, but can't, if you know what I mean. Mine our 21, 16 and 14, so this scene for me is in the future. Excited to know one day I can do this with grandchildren as I did with mine when they were younger.ReplyDelete
would love for you to share this at Tuesdays With a Twist.
What a special time. So cute.ReplyDelete
Love the turtles, but could squeeze those little cheeks on your granddaughter. She's beautiful and your grandsons are handsome little guys.ReplyDelete
Your tutorial was picked and featured by our Bowdabra Designers in our Eco Friendly collection today from last week's Crafty Showcase. All those turtles are adorable, especially the walnut half! What a great idea.
Stop in to see your feature. See you tomorrow at the new Crafty Showcase!
Oh Grandma - a woman after my own heart.ReplyDelete
I have written Tadeo Turtle - with crafts at the end. And I blog on Saturdays Crafts. We made Tadeo Turtles using egg cartons.
Please drop over and take a look.
Check out Crafting Saturdays on my blog www.janiscox.com
Bree is the cutest thing! How do you do anything but squeeze and kiss her?! Love this turtle, very clever project. I don't think I have ever heard or read about put a hole with a marble like that. Hmmm....what else could we make using that technique? Thanks for linking my friend :)ReplyDelete
Such beautiful grandchildren. You do the sweetest projects with them. I enjoyed mine this week, too.ReplyDelete
Visiting from the Pin It Party. My Family-Focused Monday hop is live now and I would love to see one of your awesome posts linked up @ www.mondaykidcorner.blogspot.com.ReplyDelete
Have a wonderful week.
Loving your blog and visiting from the Meet and Greet Blog hopReplyDelete
What an adorable little turtle! Great fun!ReplyDelete
New GFC follower, here from Meet & Greet - Congrats on being this week's featured guest!
Very cute project, might have to give it a go the next time I have my little cousins in tow, 6 lasses under age 4:) I love your cat in the sidebar by the way!ReplyDelete
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Oh this is great! I am sure that the cats agree with me. I hope you'll consider sharing this post at Look What We Did, a month long link up sponsored by HammockTracks. This is a very fun craft and I think the readers there would enjoy seeing it. You are a great Grandma and how lucky the grandchildren are that we live in a time where they can access this blog for years and years. -Savannah www.hammocktracks.com/buttons/ReplyDelete
These are so cute, but I especially love the photo of the cat playing with the walnut shell turtle! lol!ReplyDelete
These are so cute-- a perfect summer activity! :)ReplyDelete