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Designed by Sandy Laipply

When you see the “helping hand” symbol on a project, it means you may need adult supervision to do the project. Always cover your work surface with a mat or some type of protective covering like wax paper or plastic. Always use care when using tools or a heat source. Be careful and safe!

Main supplies:

  • Eberhard Faber efa plast® Air Dry Clay-White
  • Elmer’s® Tempera paint – green and brown
  • Elmer’s® Squeeze n Brush® Washable Paint Brushes
  • 3” Styrofoam® egg
  • Elmer’s ® Craft Bond™ Tacky Glue
  • Brown felt
  • Modeling clay tools – rolling pin

Basic Supplies:

  • Serrated plastic knife
  • Hex bolt
  • Round Toothpicks
  • Chopstick
  • Pencil
  • Paper towel
  • Scissors


  1. Use the plastic knife to cut the bottom off of the egg to make one long side flat
  2. Cover the egg with clay, smoothing as you go. Set aside.
  3. Form a ball of clay about the size of a marble.  Roll it on the table to make a cylinder.  Roll between your fingers and form a foot. Use a toothpick to make 3 marks for toes.  Insert the toothpick into the leg and insert other end into the body of the turtle. Repeat to make 4 legs.
  4. Make a clay ball the size of a pea. Roll it on the table to form a tail shape. Insert the tail into the body with a toothpick the same as you did for the legs.
  5. Make a clay ball the size of a walnut. Roll it between your fingers to make a neck.  Pinch a nose shape. Use the chopstick to make 2 eyes. Insert the head into the body using another toothpick.
  6. Use the end of the hex bolt to impress shapes in the turtle shell.
  7. Carefully remove the legs, tail and head. Set all the pieces aside to dry for 24 hours.
  8. Sit the turtle body on felt.  Trace around the body, and cut out the felt.  Glue to the bottom of the turtle. Apply glue to toothpicks and the ends of the legs, tail and head. Insert these back into the turtle body. Let dry. Paint your turtle green.
  9. Wad up a paper towel.  Use this to apply brown paint over the turtle.  If there is too much brown, use a damp paper towel to remove some of the paint.


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