Dandelion Turtle Craft: Fine Motor Spring Craft for Kids

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Are you looking for a fun and creative craft to do with your kids? Look no further than the dandelion turtle! This unique and whimsical craft is the perfect activity for kids of all ages, and it’s easy to make using just a few simple materials.

To make the dandelion turtle, all you need is a piece of cardboard, some dandelions, and a few other craft supplies. Kids will love gathering dandelions from the yard and using them to create the turtle’s body, while also learning about the beauty of nature and the importance of sustainability.

Not only is the dandelion turtle a fun and engaging craft project, it also makes a great decoration for any room in the house. So why not take some time to get creative with your kids and make a dandelion turtle today? It’s a great way to spend quality time together while also fostering a love and appreciation for the natural world.

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  • Cardboard
  • Markers
  • Screw driver
  • Dandelions
  • Paint sticks
  • Large googley eyes
  • Glue

How to Make A Dandelion Turtle Craft

Draw the body of a turtle. Color the shell and body using paint sticks. Glue on two large googley eyes. This is a great part to let your preschooler or kindergartner actually help you set up the activity. Allow them to color in the turtle with you or let them do it completely on their own.

This part should be done by an adult. Use a screwdriver to punch holes all over the turtle shell. For younger toddlers, only punch 5 holes. If they request more, you can always punch more for them. For preschoolers, you can punch out as many holes as you believe they will be able to complete. Make the holes big enough to fit a dandelion stem through easily.

My daughter loves picking dandelions and will regularly hand me bunches and bunches of them to hold for her so I punched quite a few holes. You don’t need to do this many for your preschooler.

Invite your child to decorate the shell of the turtle using the dandelions by threading them through the holes.

What To Do with the Turtle Threading Board when they are done

Dandelions don’t save well so take a picture and have them pull out the dandelions when they are done. If your toddler or preschooler isn’t into destroying their work right away, you can save it and pull them out later. But be sure to save the turtle threading board!! You can use it to thread or poke other items such as q-tips or other flowers!

Toddler and Preschooler Curriculums, Books & TV Show!

Play2Learn Toddler & Preschool Programs for Curious Toddlers

There is no limit to your toddler’s energy and curiosity. That energy and curiosity although a joy can be challenging at times. Their interest in just about everything around them is what makes them great learners. One and two year olds can soak up so much just from their senses!

But as a teacher or parent that thirst for learning can be exhausting. That is why I created this toddler and preschooler program. To help you get the most out of this time with your curious toddler without having to come up with creative ways to play and interact with them.

Play2Learn for Toddlers includes 20 Units for toddlers. Each 2-week toddler unit has 20 super easy to set up and engaging activities for toddlers 18 months to 3 years.

Play2Learn Preschool which includes 20 Units for preschoolers. Each 2-week preschoolers unit has 20 unique and easy to set up and engaging activities for preschoolers 3 years to 5 years. That’s over 800 learning activities for your toddler and preschooler at your fingertips! So many ideas you and your child will never be bored again! 

These toddler and preschool lesson plans and activities will definitely keep you and your toddler and preschooler busy playing and learning!

Click here for more information: Play2Learn

Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.

Book: Exciting Sensory Bins for Curious Kids

Did you know I wrote a book of sensory bins? Click here for more information Exciting Sensory Bin for Curious Kids. Or grab your copy at Amazon

Boring afternoons are made exciting with awesome animal-based bins, like Salty Shark Bay or Yarn Farm. Pretend play bins like Birthday Cake Sensory Play or Bubble Tea Party encourage creativity and imagination. And your kids will have so much fun they won’t even know they’re getting smarter with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities like Sink or Float Soup, Magnetic Letter Hunt or Ice Cream Scoop and Count.

Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.

Book: Super STEAM Activity Book for Kids

Learning all about science, technology, engineering, art, and math sets kids up for scholastic success―and it can be so much fun! Watch kids enjoy building STEAM skills as they color friendly fish, help water find its way to tree roots, solve math problems with mazes, and more. 

Find out more and grab your copy here.

Designed for preschoolers 3 years old and up.

Book: Big Book of Riddles for Kids

Riddle me this: What’s an exciting way to practice critical thinking while having a blast? The Big Riddle Book for Kids, of course! From hilarious puns to tough brain teasers, kids can build problem-solving skills with hundreds of riddles that show them how to think outside the box.

  • 350 riddles for kids—Have hours of fun with riddles, puns and jokes, and math and logic puzzles that’ll get their wheels turning!
  • Level up their skills—Riddles get trickier as kids progress through the book, challenging them as they get better at solving puzzles!
  • Double-check their work—Kids can check their answers in the back of the book with a handy answer key.

Help children expand their minds while having fun with this puzzle book for kids!

Designed for kids ages 6 years old and up.

TV Show: Curious Crafting

I’m so excited to share my crafting TV show Curious Crafting which launched in July 2022 on TVOkids and TVOkids YouTube! Season 2 airs in the summer of 2023! We were also nominated in 2023 for Best Live Action Preschool Series by the Youth Media Alliance Awards of Excellence.

Set in the ultimate crafting space, Curious Crafting is a short form pre-school age series about the joy of making crafts. I lead a rotating cast of adorable little preschoolers (including my own) making magic out of common household objects.

In each episode we transform recycled items into magical crafts like a milk carton school bus, paper bag puppet or cotton pad turtle. The crafters learn and laugh their way through each activity while demonstrating what their young imaginations can create. 

Curious Crafting shares the adventure and joy of making art with takeaway lessons for creating crafts at home.

This show designed for toddlers and preschoolers 2.5 years old and up. 


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