Mosaic Turtle Craft for Kids

This post is sponsored by Elmer’s. The craft tutorial and all opinions expressed are my own.

My girls and I had so much fun creating these adorable turtles over Spring Break. I loved watching my girls get creative as they designed the shells. Bear went for a simple look, but Lu and Boo went design crazy! I hope your family enjoys this cute Mosaic Turtle Craft as much as we did. Who knew turtles could be so much fun?

Mosaic Turtle Craft for Kids: Kid-Tested Fun! {Check out the tutorial for these cute turtles on}

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This craft can be as simple or as complex as you’d like. (Don’t worry about the hexagons or the head, feet, and tail. I have free printables for you, so you don’t have to draw those on your own.) If your kids have a long attention span and enjoy painting, let them paint the individual hexagons. If your kids like things quick and easy, print the hexagons on colored card stock and skip the painting step.

Ready to get started? Here we go!

Mosaic Turtle Craft

Mosaic Turtle Craft for Kids: Kid Tested Fun! {Check out the tutorial for these cute turtles on}Materials:

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Mosaic Turtle Craft for Kids: Kid Tested Fun! {Check out the tutorial for the cute turtles on}


  1. Print out the hexagons printable and paint or color the shapes. Depending on how close together you want your mosaic pieces, you will need around 40. (Fewer if you space out your shapes quite a bit.) This was my kids’ favorite step. Bear (13) colored hers simply and quickly with solid colors, but Boo (9) and Lu (7) took their time and worked on coloring for hours!
  2. Cut out the hexagons. To make the shapes easier for the kids to cut out, first cut the paper into strips of shapes (lines of single hexagons), and then let the kids cut them out.
  3. Trim off the lip of the paper bowl.
  4. Glue the hexagons to the bowl (beginning at the center of the bowl). I liked to dip the pieces into glue poured onto a plate, but my kids preferred applying the glue with a toothpick.
  5. When you get to where the bowl slopes to the sides, after applying the glue, press the shape firmly over the curve with your fingers for a few seconds. The Elmer’s X-Treme School glue is much stronger than regular school glue, and it will adhere quite quickly. (Love it!)

Mosaic Turtle Craft for Kids: Kid Tested Fun! {Check out the tutorial for the cute turtles on}

  1. Print and cut out the turtle body part shapes, or draw and cut out your own.
  2. Apply a small bead of glue to the bottom edge of each body part, and glue them to the underside of the bowl. Allow the glue to dry for a few minutes.
  3. Flip the bowl right-side up (shell up) and crimp the body parts by folding them up toward the top of the bowl and them back down. (Or just bend them until you are happy with the way they look.)

Mosaic Turtle Craft for Kids: Kid Tested Fun! {Check out the tutorial for the cute turtles on}

  1. Add details to your turtles face, legs and tail. (We used wiggly eyes and paint markers.)

You’re all done! Step back and enjoy!

Mosaic Turtle Craft for Kids: Kid Tested Fun! {Check out the tutorial for the cute turtles on}

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Have fun creating!



  1. These are adorable!! My mom loves turtles i’m going have my kids maker her one!

  2. Oooh, these are so cute and look like a lot of fun! A great way for little ones learning shapes to add hexagon to their list! Thank you!

  3. Your Mosaic Turtle craft is so cute that I had to feature it at this week’s #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup!

  4. My daughter is in Kindergarten and just tested today. Despite all of our hard work using shape games, books, a hanging vertical banner, she could not master the hexagon. I even named him “Hector”. One of her projects tomorrow is to make a turtle. I am deviating from the printable they provided and using yours! It is cute AND if we name the turtle Hector, she will know the hexagon shape next school year!

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