For our T craft, we make a paper plate tortoise. This is a fun craft that will help your child learn their letters and new words.
- So, to begin, gather your materials. For this craft, you will need a paper plate, some paint and paint brush, some paper, glue, scissors and crayons.
- Paint the outside of your paper plate, I am using a foam brush because it minimizes mess, and isn’t that always a plus with young children?
- While your child is painting the plate (and possibly your table too) fold a piece of paper in at least 4, draw a shape of your choosing. I chose hexagons but any shape would do. However, some shapes are hard to find in the real world so incorporating them into a craft like this is a great way to learn.
- Cut the shape out.
- Glue the shape on to the painted plate to create a cool shell!
- While your child is gluing the shapes on, fold another piece of paper in 2. Then draw the outline of four feet, a tail, and a head. If you want you can have your child color these and add eyes and a mouth too!
- Cut these out and glue them on the inside of the paper plate.
“A Mama for Owen“ by Marion Dane Bauer tells the true story of a baby hippo who was orphaned during the 2004 tsunami. Maybe because I am a mom but this story brings me close to tears every time I read it. The beautiful illustrations will keep your children interested as you read this ultimately heartwarming story of adoption.
What letter activities do you do like this paper plate tortoise? Comment below or share on my Facebook page!
For more quick tips on helping your child learn to read check out my book; Raising A Rock-Star Reader. It is packed with fun ideas for families, book lists, and advice for parents.