For our turtle unit I wanted to make some floating turtles to use for our pond sensory bin. After rummaging through our recycling bins for shells and a trip to the craft store for some floating foam we started making our turtles.
First I gathered all my supplies:
Then I had the kids paint the bottle tops with paint pens and/or permanent markers.
After we had our shells done I laid them on the foam sheet and traced a turtle body around the top. Our tops were different sizes and so I had to make the bodies accordingly. I just made a curvy shape with a head, four legs and a pointed tail. Then I cut out the bodies (the thicker foam was harder to cut so I had to do it).
Then just glue the tops to the foam with a glue that will not break down in water. We used a clear tacky glue and it did get a little bit slimy in the water, although the turtles did hold together. I think a glue gun would work the best. Last we added googly eyes and a smile to make them extra cute! And there you have it, a fun easy way to make a whole family of floating turtles.