Quick Color Wonder™ Turtle


When you create a turtle with Crayola Color Wonder™ Paints, it’s easy to add texture and blend colors—all with no clean-up!


1. How can one type of animal have so many different textures all over its body? Look at turtles in books, on TV, on the Internet, or in person. Notice their leathery skin, scaly legs, sharp beaks, and smooth and at times even horny shells.

2. With a Crayola Color Wonder™ Marker, outline a turtle’s shape on Color Wonder Paper. From above you can see its head, tail, shell, and legs—all simple shapes! Using Color Wonder™ Paint and Markers, texturize your sketch to show the variety of elements. Blend colors. Add dots and spirals to legs and head.

3. Finish your turtle painting with a decorative border around the edge of the paper. Air-dry the turtle before you display it.

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Color Wonder™—Wash hands well with soap and water after use.


  • There are land turtles and sea turtles. List their similarities and differences.
  • Make a 3-D turtle from Crayola® Model Magic or Air-Dry Clay. Impress different household items into the modeling material to add texture.
  • Study a turtle’s carapace in greater depth. It is a living part of the body, much like human nails or hair. Made up of 50 bones, the carapace is built into the turtle’s skeleton. It serves a number of purposes besides protection, such as slowing down moisture loss and absorbing heat.
  • Assessment: Can students list qualities of the major parts of a turtle? Do their paintings contain different techniques demonstrating a variety of textures?

Related Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans

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crayola supplies
  • Color Wonder™ Markers
  • Color Wonder™ Paper
  • Color Wonder™ Paint



  • Pre-K and Kindergarten
  • Grades 1 to 3


  • Science
  • Visual Arts


  • Less than 1/2 hour
  • Multiple Sessions


  • Children examine the parts of a turtle with an emphasis on its various textures.

  • Children duplicate the textured surfaces using markers and paintbrushes to draw a realistic turtle.


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