Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Day of the Turtle

Does this ever happen to you;
Driving down the road and come up on a turtle trying to cross, you swerve to miss him and watch in the rear view mirror to make sure the car behind you does the same as you let a strange sound escape your mouth. Yeah? Me too. The other day, we actually turned around and was going to assist the turtle across the street. I realized that Little Mister has never seen a turtle up close. So, we brought the mobile-home guy home for the day. Don't worry, when the day was coming to a close, we let him go (far from busy streets)!

Confused about what to name your turtle? Luke or Lucy?

 Finding this creature lead to many learning activities:
Sensory play : cold vs. hot (warm actually) with frozen turtle eggs
Language: the letter T
Math: counting turtle parts, 1 head, 2 eyes, 4 legs...
Literature: Look Out for Turtles by: Melvin Berger and Yurtle the Turtle by: Dr. Seuss
Science: where do they live, what do they eat, etc...
Good Stewardship: we are all part of this beautiful planet! Let's take of all things that live here!

**Featured at The Good Long Road, Kids Co-Op
in honor of World Animal Day


  1. We have been thinking about getting our daughter a pet.....something not too messy as of yet, she is only 2 and half, never thought about a turtle! =) Following back!!!!


  2. I'm always turning around to help a turtle cross the road! Its common curteousy =) Following Back from Unorganized Chaos X 3!

  3. what experience for your kiddo. i love that fruit cup turtle. great way to reuse something. thanks for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday!

  4. We had a red earred turtle for many years with my son. How sweet of you to stop and rescue this turtle and explore with it for the day. I love teachable moments with our children. Thanks for sharing these great ideas and for stopping by our site.

  5. What a fun mom for you to turn around and get him. That's so awesome. I would be scared to. Thanks for linking up to Tip-toe thru Tuesday. Have a great week.

  6. I love all the things you did with your son, you really turned the turtle visit into a learning experience. Thanks for sharing on the We Made That Linky.

  7. we live in the UK so the answer to your first question was "NO what are you talking about, a turtle crossing the road, is this the start of a joke". But how totally cool that you get them and are able to get up close and personal with them

    1. HeeHee... Now that you mention it, it does sounds like the start of a corny joke! OK, so educate me. You have NO turtles there or are they just rare? My nerdy side needs to know these things!


  8. That is sooo cool! Now I know how to tell if it is a boy or girl. I love all the activities. Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library!

  9. Oh, so fun!! During egg laying season the kids in our neighborhood put up turtle crossing signs since many nest in the yards throughout our neighborhood. Often we see them in the street, but it is usually when we are out walking and someone always brings them back to the brook that runs through our neighborhood. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!