Photo of a paper plate turtle shell

Turtles come in many shapes, sizes and colors. Some are light green with long necks. Some are dark green. Some have stripes of yellow, and some have orange highlights.

They all have one thing in common, though --- their domed shell.

A paper plate makes for the perfect turtle shell, so it's an easy craft to make right at home.

You'll need:

A paper plate
Crayons
Green construction paper
Tape or glue
Scissors
Black marker

Begin by coloring the underside of a paper plate. I decorated it light green and added darker green accents, but you can do whatever colors you would like.

The cut out a large oval, four smaller elongated ovals and a pointed oval for the tail.

Draw eyes on the large oval for the face.

Flip your paper plate over and glue the head, feet and tail in their proper places.

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