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Super Sea Turtles


Watch this You Tube video all about sea turtles. Think bout the patterns and colours on the turtle's shell, head, tail and flippers. 

  • What 3 words would you use to describe the sea turtle? 

  • How many different colours can you see? 

  • What different shapes can you see? 

Sea Turtles

Sea Turtles

Now we’re going to try and draw a sea turtle. Show your child the sea turtles in the activity sheet to help them with ideas.  You’ll need an A4 piece of paper, something to draw with and some colours to colour your picture in. Choose wisely! Think about the turtles you saw in the video when collecting your colours. 

Sea Turtle - Activity Sheet

You could try to draw a turtle on your own following our instructions below, or use this video with step by step instructions.


*You might need to help your child with the shape and scale of the outline shape. At this stage of a child’s development special awareness is still developing and children will naturally make their drawing too small.

  • On an A4 piece of paper using a pencil, black crayon or black felt tip pen, draw the outline shape of a sea turtle. 

  • Talk to your child about the oval shapes and how they fit together – head, shell, tail and flippers. Encourage your child to make good use of the space and get their sea turtle to ‘fill the page’. It might work well if you encourage your child to draw the outline shape in pencil first and then go over it with black crayon or black felt tip pen. 

  • Show your child the sea turtles in the activity sheet to help them with ideas. They might also find it helpful to watch the Sea Turtle You Tube clip again, this time focusing on the patterns on the sea turtles 

  • Now that they have the outline shape ask your child to add bold patterns to their sea turtle. Encourage them to keep the shapes and patterns spaced out ready to paint or colour in later. 


You might find this 'How to draw a Sea Turtle' video helpful ...

How to draw a Sea Turtle

Now it’s time to use colour to add detail to your picture. 


*Using the arts and crafts materials that you might have at home help your child to add colour to their picture. 

They could use crayon or coloured pencil for the background and bold felt tip or paint for the foreground. Alternatively you could use watercolours for the background and oil pastels for the foreground. It is entirely up to them how they choose to add colour (and it will depend on the materials you have a home) but it works well if the sea turtle is ‘coloured in’ in bold bright colours and the background is in lighter colours. Again it might be helpful to look at the resource sheet for ideas.


We’d love to see your turtle pictures. How about sharing an image to our school twitter feed? 


Have fun being creative!