This month our craft theme is Under the Sea! Join us every Wednesday in August to create a new sea animal craft!

We’re kicking off our sea animal crafts with a paper plate turtle inspired by Glued to My Crafts!

Make a Paper Plate Turtle with Us!

What You’ll Need

  • A Paper Plate
  • Green Construction Paper
  • Crayons
  • Safety Scissors
  • Tape or Glue

This project requires cutting a few times. If you do not have safety scissors, make sure a grownup is helping you cut! 

What To Do

  1. Draw your turtle’s head, arms, legs and tail. Make them a little longer to make sure they pop out of the plate. If it’s too long, we can trim it later!
  2. Cut your head, arms, legs, and tail out. Then cut little squares for our turtles shell.
    If you do not have safety scissors, make sure a grownup helps you!
  3. Draw two eyes on your turtle!
  4. Flip over your plate and attach your turtles head, arms, legs, and tail with glue or tape.
  5. Glue your green squares to the top of the paper plate filling up the whole circle!
  6. Color in the remainder of the plate with green crayons – we used four different shades of green!

And now you have a Turtle!

Show us your Turtle on Instagram @nycchildrenstheater or email a picture to

Want to make more sea animals before next Wednesday? Make an Octopus and a Walrus with us!

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