I Have a Little Turtle

I Have a Little Turtle

I have a little turtle,
He lives in a box.
He swims in the water
And he climbs on the rocks.
He snapped at a minnow
He snapped at a flea
He snapped at a mosquito
And he snapped at me.

He caught the minnow,
He caught the flea,
He caught the mosquito,
But he didn't catch me!

Vachel Lindsay

For our craft project the other day, Jaina picked out a turtle project from the craft book. It was very simple to do the turtles. All you need was some paper bowls, markers, glue, and thin cardboard. We cut out the shapes and glued them onto the underside of the bowls, after coloring them various shades of green.

But, of course, that's not all. We're talking about Jaina here! She isn't satisfied with a simple project from a book. NO! That's just the basis for her idea until her imagination kicks in.

First, we needed names. "Mine's name is Tom. Tom Turtle. What's yours, mom? I think it should be a girl and we should name it Tulita."

Next, Tom and Tulita needed a home. "An aquarium! But what can we use as an aquarium?... it needs to be a big box. Just like that one!"

"But wait... we can't see in. Aquariums have sides you can see through. What can we use to make see-through sides?" I suggested saran wrap, which was an idea that she loved.

"Okay, now they need to play. We need some grass or something in there. I know! We need a pond for them to swim in! And I have this big rock for them to climb on."

"But what do turtles eat?" I was stumped on that one, never having owned a box turtle myself, so we looked it up on Google. Did you know that turtles need a well-balanced diet of protein and veggies? Jaina didn't want to make paper eggs again, but she was all about crafting some paper vegetables. Gray came over last night and helped her with the broccoli, celery, squash, and carrots.

Unfortunately, both Tom and Tulita had to go to the vet today to have their legs set with a different type of glue. The glue stick just didn't hold them on like the tacky glue we ended up using :)


  1. She is so creative! It will be awesome and expensive!!

    I foresee that with Maddie, too. She'll need her own set of professional oil paints by age 12, luckily, she has an easel already. And canvases, oh, the canvases....

    Seriously, those turtles are cute! Ours ate worms and apples and lettuce. Did you ever meet Rudolph the turtle?

  2. That will be a good project for Joshua this weekend, he has three days off from school. So cool!


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