Summer Fun Series: Easy Turtle Craft for Kids

Hi there! I’m here today to share with you a super easy kid’s craft. Turtle bookmarks!

This post is part of the Summer Fun Series hosted by Nap-Time Creations. Check out the other summer fun ideas being shared today below:

Summer Fun #6 Make a treat, bookmark, wand holster or stacking dolls. Learn kids photography tips all on Nap-Time Creations

Photography Fun for Kids – Sugar Bee Crafts

Milk Dud Cake Mix Bars – Kleinworth and Co

Turtle Bookmarks – Lulu and Celeste

Wand Holster – Rae Gun Ramblings

DIY Stacking Dolls – Nap-Time Creations
Head over to Nap-Time Creations/Summer Fun to see all the posts in the series.

I decided I wanted to come up with a fairly simple craft. One that would be fairly easy for a child to put together with minimal supplies and minimal adult intervention.


Supplies needed to make one turtle bookmark:

  • cardstock
  • glue
  • markers, crayons or pencil crayons
  • ribbon

Finished size is approximately 5.25″ long by 3″ tall. I would make it a little smaller if using for regular adult sized books.

turtle supplies


(Doesn’t really need much instruction but here goes)

Depending on the age of your child, you can either cut the shapes for them ahead of time or let them do they’re own thing. For my 6-year-old, Silly Bean, I had cut the semi-circle out in advance just to give her an idea of what the craft was, otherwise she could have done it herself. She cut the rest of the pieces herself. For my soon-to-be 3-year-old, Miss V, I cut out all the pieces for her. The semi circle is about 5″ wide by 2.5″ tall.

Then they coloured their pieces and glued them to create a turtle. (Or in Silly Bean’s case, glued the pieces and then coloured it).

Poke a hole near the top and thread a piece of ribbon through. Silly Bean decided she wanted hers to be a paper toy turtle so she didn’t want the ribbon.


The only ocean related title I could find to take a shot of the bookmark in action.


It was a simple activity. Kept Miss V busy for only about 10-15 minutes and I had to help her out with the ribbon and some glueing when the pieces wouldn’t stay on. But she was super proud of her turtle when she was done.
Silly Bean kept at it for an extra 20 minutes or so creating all the extra animals.

So now Silly Bean has created a whale, crab, seal and turtle from paper. I think I’ll suggest a jellyfish for her next creature!

Kids Craft Turtle Bookmarks

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