Tortoise craft & art work

24 Apr

This week we read and made a craft for the book The Foolish Tortoise by Richard Buckley & Eric Carle.

This is a simple story that demonstrates how we should appreciate what we are blessed with and that there is a good reason why Allah made us a certain way.

In the Qur’an Allah says:

“…and it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allaah knows but you do not know.” (Surah Baqarah: 216)

We made a paper plate tortoise, again using techniques we used for our paper plate whale. This time we used stamping technique to create the pattern on the shell.

Stamping the pattern on the tortoise shell using a rolled up corrugated piece of cardboard

Finised tortoise with head, tail and feet

Since he was having so much fun stamping, I decided to do a backdrop for the tortoise using different painting tools we found around the home.

Stroking up paint to create "grass"

I dropped blobs of green and yellow paint on the bottom part of the page. DS2 used a stalk of lemon grass ends to smear the paint to create grass effect.

Lemon grass

This is a close up picture of the lemon grass stalk that we used.

Dabbing J-cloth scarp to make sky

Using bubble wrap patches to create clouds

Finished backdrop for our tortoise

Paper plate tortoise


Posted by on April 24, 2011 in Art & Craft, Reading/Books


4 responses to “Tortoise craft & art work

  1. Umm Maimoonah

    April 25, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Masha Allaah you guys are so creative and great art and craft!

    Looks so wonderful!

  2. UmmSarah

    April 25, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    mashaAllah what a wonderful project!

    My son is very interested in turtles now. Since the beginning of April we noticed that the turtles are growing in number in the nearby lake. We go there on the weekends to feed the fish, now we also see lots of turtles.

    We also found 2 baby turtles last week and they are so small and cute mashaAllah. Anyways, Ibrahim asks lots of question about turtles. It would a good idea to learn more and do some arts and crafts about turtles inshaAllah.

    Thank you for the ideas.

    • Umm Sayang

      April 26, 2011 at 12:27 am

      Assalamualaikum Umm Maimoonah & Umm Sarah.
      Jazakillah for you comments. Umm Sarah, would love to see Ibrahim’s little turtle friends. Pls write a post soon.


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