I can’t believe my son is starting school this September. These 3 1/2 years have just flown by! It’s sad, but at the same time rewarding to see him grow up into such a smart, caring and handsome big boy.

Right now, he goes to preschool a couple of days a week. He learns a lot there, but I wanted to slowly start reviewing everything that he needs to know for school this fall.

Over the past few months we have worked on the alphabet, colours, shapes, learning to write his name and, just recently, his numbers. I try to make it different and fun so he doesn’t get too bored. For the alphabet, I bought magnets for the fridge so he can easily put the letters in the right order and learn to spell different words. For his colours, I asked him to draw me pictures using certain colours or we would play a game of I Spy with My Little Eye. As for his numbers, I saw a craft similar to this one using a ladybug, but I changed mine up a bit and created a turtle because my son loves them so much.

What’s great about this craft/activity is that not only is it educational, but it’s really cheap to make! You probably have most of the items in your house right now, and if not, it all can be purchased at the dollar store.


What you will need:

  • Piece of cardboard
  • Something round to trace a circle for the body (I used a large paper plate)
  • 2 types of green construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Coloured marker



Step 1- Trace a large circle onto a piece of cardboard, and green construction paper and cut it out. Make both circles the same size.

*I used cardboard for the base because I didn’t want the turtle to be flimsy. If you don’t want to use cardboard or you don’t have any lying around, you can just use the green construction paper.



Step 2- Using a different colour green than the body, cut out 10 hexagons for the turtle’s shell. I drew the hexagons free hand and cut each one out.



Step 3- Using the same colour green construction paper that you used for the body, make 4 feet, a tail, and the head for the turtle. I did this all free hand again as well.



Step 4- Here is where I got my son to help! Glue the feet, tail, and head to the cardboard first. Then, glue the body over top.






Step 5- While the glue is drying, using a black marker, make small dots from 1-10 on each hexagon.



Step 6- Glue the top edge of each hexagon to the body of the turtle. Don’t put the numbers in order- mix them up! My son helped again with this step.



Step 7- Using the black marker again, write all the numbers (1-10) under each hexagon that corresponds to the dots on the top.



That’s it – you’re done!

It was pretty simple to make, and also some nice one on one time with my son while my daughter napped. He had so much fun helping me, and couldn’t wait to use it when we were finished. We played with it for over an hour today, and I couldn’t believe how much fun he was having while learning at the same time. I think this is the best craft we have done to date!

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