Little turtle in your shell,
Slowly you do go.
(Cover right hand with left hand.)
Slowly creeping, slowly crawling,
Slow is nice, you know!
(Move hands along slowly.)
Here is My Turtle
Here is my turtle,
(Form fist and extend thumb.)
He lives in a shell.
(Put thumb inside fist.)
He like his home
He pokes his head out
(Pop out thumb.)
When he wants to eat.
(Circle thumb around.)
And pulls it back in
When he wants to sleep.
(Put thumb back inside fist.)
The Little Turtle
Poem by Vachel Linsay
Illustrated by Priscilla Pointer
Childcraft, Volume 1, The Poems of Early Childhood (1954), p. 96
Need: construction paper, paper bowls, tempera paint or markers.
Using markers, paint, or paper scraps children can decorate the outside of their bowls to look like a turtle shell. Have children place glue on the edge of the paper bowl. Turn the bowl upside down and place on a piece of construction paper. Children can use paint or markers to draw the turtle head legs, and a tail on the paper.
The children can draw a habitat for a turtle on the construction paper; pond, grass, rocks, a beach scene...
Turtles are one of the oldest reptiles living on the planet. Turtles are slow-moving reptiles enclosed in a dome shaped hard shell into which it can retract its head and legs. They live both on the land and in the sea. Turtles live everywhere on earth except Antarctica. Turtles inhabit all of the world's oceans except the Arctic.
Turtles live in the water and only venture onto dry land to lay eggs. When the eggs hatch the
baby turtles head straight to the water.