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Turtle Bank

Save your pennies with this recycled turtle bank.

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Participant Age: Under 7, 7 to 12
Approximate Cost: Under $10
Duration: 1 to 60 minutes
Difficulty:
Physical Challenge:
  • 1 oval shape (cut out of cardboard; about the size of an egg)
  • Craft glue or glue dots (available in the scrap-booking section of most craft stores)
  • 2 googly eyes
  • Green, red, and yellow tempera paint
  • Paintbrush
  • 2 paper plates
  • 1 clear plastic cover (about 6 inches in diameter, the type used at take-out salad bars)
  • 1 quarter coin
  • Scissors
  • 6 wooden ice cream spoons
Paint Paper Plates

Paint the backs of two paper plates green. Dab on red and yellow markings as shown in the photo. Optional: While the paint is wet, use the edge of a quarter to etch in a shell pattern.

Paint Turtle's Feet

Paint the oval ends of four ice cream spoons green. Add red and yellow dots as shown.

Paint Turtle's Neck and Tail

Paint the oval ends of two ice cream spoons green. Add red and yellow streaks.

Paint Turtle's Head
  • For the turtle's head: Paint the cardboard oval green. Add red and yellow streaks.
  • Let all painted objects dry thoroughly.
Assemble Turtle
  • Glue the feet, tail, and neck in place on the inside of one paper plate. Let dry. This will form the turtle's bottom half.
  • Glue the remaining paper plate on top of the turtle's bottom half to make the complete body.  
  • Glue the turtle's head on top of its neck. Glue wiggly eyes on the head.
Cut Out Coin Slot

Use scissors to cut a quarter-size hole in the top of the clear plastic cover. This will be the bank's coin slot. Glue the plastic cover on top of the turtle's back.


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