Sea Turtle Life Cycle Parts of a Sea Turtle Learning Activities Printable

You are invited to download the Sea Turtle Pack with learning printables for preschool and kindergarten children. Use this resource with clear true-to-life images and photographs to create hands-on ocean-themed activities for your students and when exploring reptiles in your classroom.

Turtle-themed activities for preschool students are a great resource to prepare for those little ones who love turtles. 

About Sea turtles

Sea turtles are fascinating creatures that live in the ocean. There are seven different species of sea turtles, and they can be found all around the world. Sea turtles are known for their hard shells and flippers that help them swim through the water. They can grow up to six feet long and weigh over 1,000 pounds! Sea turtles are also important for the health of the ocean ecosystem, as they eat seagrass and jellyfish, and their nests help to keep beaches healthy. Sadly, sea turtles are also endangered due to pollution, hunting, and habitat loss.

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Sea turtles have a unique life cycle that starts with the female turtle laying eggs on the beach. The eggs then hatch after around two months and the baby turtles make their way to the ocean. Once in the ocean, the young turtles will spend several years living in floating seaweed before returning to the same beach where they were born to mate and lay their own eggs. Female sea turtles can lay several clutches of eggs in one season, but many hatchlings do not survive due to predation, habitat loss, and pollution. Sea turtles can live for up to 80 years in the wild.

Sea turtle hands-on activities

Sea turtle hands-on science preschool activities for kids can be a fun and engaging way to introduce children to the world of marine biology. Activities could include making sea turtle crafts, exploring sensory bins filled with sea turtle-related items like shells and sand, or playing games that teach about the lifecycle of a sea turtle. Children could also learn about the importance of protecting sea turtles and their habitats through activities like cleaning up litter. These activities can help promote understanding and curiosity about these amazing creatures while fostering a love for the ocean and conservation efforts.

Montessori-inspired activities for kids to learn about sea turtles include creating a turtle habitat with sand, rocks, and plants; matching turtle shells to their corresponding species using pictures or replicas; practicing fine motor skills by using tweezers to place turtle eggs in nests; creating sea turtle life cycle diagrams using playdough or drawings; and reading books about sea turtles and discussing their habitats and behaviors. These hands-on activities can help children develop an appreciation for marine life and environmental conservation while also improving their cognitive and sensory-motor skills.

Sea Turtle Pack

Children will learn the stages of the sea turtle life cycle, and parts of a sea turtle, practice sequencing skills and work to improve their concentration and fine motor skills.

This resource contains a sea turtle life cycle poster, worksheet, 3-part cards, and parts of a sea turtle printable.

here is what’s included

Sea Turtle life cycle diagram
Sea Turtle life cycle 3 part cards
Sea Turtle life cycle coloring, cutting, and pasting worksheet (color and blackline)
Sea Turtle life cycle tracing strips
Sea Turtle life cycle information cards
Parts of Sea Turtle diagram
Parts of s Sea Turtle diagram minus labels
Parts of s Sea Turtle labels
Parts of s Sea Turtle information cards
Parts of s Sea Turtle tracing & independent writing worksheet
Parts of s Sea Turtle student booklet (independent writing)
Types of Sea Turtles 3 part cards
Types of Sea Turtles information cards
Sea Turtle characteristics color poster
Sea Turtle characteristics black line poster
Sea Turtle characteristics mat
Sea Turtle characteristics color cards
Sea Turtle characteristics tracing & coloring student booklet
Sea Turtle characteristics student booklet
Sea Turtle information poster
My Book of Sea Turtles
Sea Turtle Food vs Preditors sorting cards
Sea Turtle anatomy diagram adjective activity
Prewriting exercise
Sea turtle cards for matching.

Age: Preschool ages 3.5 – 5 years

Subjects and uses in the classroom: Nature Table,  Reptiles, Ocean, Vertebrates, Science Centers, Fine motor, Prewriting, Extension work for the parts of a turtle Montessori puzzle  

How to Use:

Life cycle poster – print on cardstock and laminate. Present all stages of the sea turtle life cycle. Invite the children to retell them or tell their own story that features all the stages.

Sea turtle life cycle 3- part cards – Print on cardstock and laminate if you wish to preserve colors and card quality for future use. Place picture cards in a column and invite the children to match the picture to the picture and the word to the word. Present control cards and invite the child to lay stages of the cycle in the correct order.

Sea turtle life cycle line art – supply scissors, glue, and coloring pencils. Invite the student to color and cut cards and glue them into the correct sequence.

Sea turtle tracing/labeling and coloring worksheets – print on cardstock and laminate. Supply an erasable pen. Invite the child to trace the words and color corresponding images. Alternatively, print pages on regular printing paper and invite the child to trace or label parts of a sea turtle and turtle life cycle.

You might like to invite the students to compare the life cycle of the sea turtle with other sea creatures such as crabs. Find turtle life cycle toy figurines for object-to-picture matching activity here.

Parts of a turtle – Gather books on turtles for children to explore. Print the posters and label cards on cardstock and laminate. Cut individual label cards. Attach clear velcro to the poster without labels and label cards. Introduce the poster – name all parts of the turtle and invite the students to share their thoughts on the various functions of each part.

Then read each label and invite the student to match it to the corresponding part of the turtle’s body. Print and cut student booklet pages, and staple them to make a book. Invite the child to color and label each part.

Coloring pages – print on printing paper. Invite the students to color using pastels, crayons, colored pencils, or watercolors.

T is for turtle worksheet and prewriting exercise – print on cardstock and laminate. Supply an erasable marker. Invite the child to trace the letter t and exercise lines.

Turtle match-up cards – print on cardstock, cut cards, and then cut each in half. Lay one pile on the table and cards from the second pile below. Invite the child to take one card from the top of the pile and find its half.

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About Anastasia - Anastasia is an early childhood teacher and the founder of Montessori Nature - a blog about Montessori living and learning and nature-based explorations. With many years of experience working in a Montessori environment and homeschooling her children, she directed her passion for all things Montessori and nature into creating educational resources. You can learn more here and browse her printables on Teachers Pay Teachers.