Creative Tuesday: Paper Cup Turtle

Welcome to my Creative Tuesday series! Today I will share with you how to make a Paper Cup Turtle. I came up with this activity while fiddling with cut-up pieces of paper cup while my daughter was making something else (which I will share with you in another post). 

There is not much science to it. It is a fun activity, aimed at children who can hold scissors and cut with them.

Here’s how you make it:

1. Take 1 or 2 paper cups (I took 2 as I wanted the shell part to be higher and bigger). Make 6 cuts on the sides of the cup, as long as you need.

2. Now to “model” the cut up parts: shape one in as a small triangular tail; the exactly opposite – as a head; and 4 legs. Bend them slightly up, so your turtle is “standing”.

3. Take a marker and draw eyes, nose and mouth.

4. We used green marker to draw the design on the shell part.

5. If you are using 2 cups: cut the 2nd cup into half. It will be the shell. Draw the designs. Put it on top of the first cup. You can either glue it to the lower cup or let it be removable (like ours).

You can make a whole family of turtles for a fun play!

Do you make animals out of paper cups? If so, please share with me – I’d love to know!

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