Make A Turtle Flap Book

A turtle flap book is a great way to present factual information as part of a science project.
Make a Turtle Flap Book

A few months ago, we went on an excursion to see loggerhead turtles laying eggs at Mon Repos, Bundaberg. Eight weeks later, it was time to go back to witness the birth of new life as the tiny hatchlings dug their way out of their nest and scrambled down the beach to the ocean. It was an awesome experience!

Meeting turtle hatchlings

As a result of our excursions, we created a turtle flap book so that we could write factual information about sea turtles.

How to Make Your Own Turtle Flap Book

To create your own turtle flap book, follow these simple steps.

1. Print

Print out a turtle outline. We used a turtle outline drawn on A3-sized paper because it meant the turtle flaps were slightly larger and therefore there was more space to write in. However, we’ve included two sizes to print just in case you’d prefer a smaller/larger size:

A turtle outline to print

A4 – sized outline for turtle lift-the-flap book

A3 – sized outline for turtle lift-the-flap book

2. Add colour

Paint or colour the turtle outline. We used water colours.

Add colour and patterns

3. Add patterns

Decorate the turtle with patterns in the different segments.
Here are some samples of the patterns we created.
Examples of patterns to draw on the turtle lift-the-flap book
Examples of patterns to draw on the turtle lift-the-flap book
Examples of patterns to draw on the turtle lift-the-flap book
Examples of patterns to draw on the turtle lift-the-flap book
Examples of patterns to draw on the turtle lift-the-flap book
Examples of patterns to draw on the turtle lift-the-flap book

For more inspiration in regards to the patterns, we googled “zentangle patterns”.

4. Cut the Segments

Cut flaps using a craft knife
Use a craft knife to cut flap in different parts of the turtle.
Note: Ensure you ONLY cut 3 sides of each segment of the turtle. The 4th side acts as a hinge for the flap.

5. Paste to a Backing Board

Paste the turtle onto a cardboard backing sheet.
Paste the turtle onto a cardboard backing sheet

6. Add Information

Fold the flaps up and then write, or draw, under the flaps.
Fold back the flaps and you're ready to write or draw!

7. Enjoy the Results of Your Hard Work!

This was a project that took a few days for us to complete and involved many areas of the curriculum including:

  • Art & creativity – painting & drawing
  • Research – searching for factual information about sea turtles
  • Writing – organising information into segments to be written (or typed and pasted) under each flap of the turtle

While our boys worked hard to create their turtle flap books, they enjoy both the process and the end result.
One of our finished turtle lift-the-flap books

We’d love to see how your turtle flap books turn out. Feel free to post a photo of your creations on our facebook page or leave a comment on this post.

Have fun!

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