Want to support and track your child’s counting skills? Get ready to stack and count turtles with this FREE turtle activity!

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This activity features language and cognitive development concepts children learn throughout their early childhood years as a toddler, preschooler, and within their early elementary school years. Specific age milestone information can be found with a simple internet search!

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First, let’s print and laminate the Turtle Tower Activity.

Next, cut out the turtles. Note: There are two extra turtles included in case any go walking away! 😉 If you lose more than two, just print out more!

Then, place adhesive dots (soft side) on the back of the turtle cutouts. Put adhesive dots (rough side) on the turtles on the “Turtle Tower” background scene (see below). I used one adhesive dot and cut it into two pieces because I was running low on dots, but I recommend using one whole dot for this activity. Note: Adult Supervision is required. Use caution with the magnets, dot adhesives, and small pieces as they are not intended for use with children under the age of 3. Please use caution and supervise your child with the dot adhesives, magnets and small pieces when working on this activity. Only work on activities that you feel are safe for your child. Warning: Choking Hazard. Children under 3 should not participate in any activities that involve small pieces.

Is your child under 3? The Activity Garden includes a modified version of this activity available in bigger print for younger toddlers. Small pieces, magnets, and dot adhesives are not intended for use with the bigger print activities. Please remember that adult supervision is required with all activities shared on Simplicity Happens. Just a kind reminder to stay safe and have fun while learning with your little ones!

I placed adhesive dots (rough side) on the “Turtle Tower” background scene (see below).

I placed adhesive dots (soft side) on the back of the turtle cutouts (see below).

Now, let’s go PLAY!

First, my son starts stacking the turtles to make the towers!
And we count as we go! 1, 2!
We talk about stacking on top…
And building from the bottom!
We also problem solve. Which one’s missing?
He figured it out! Stacking is complete so we count a little more! 1, 2, 3, 4, 5! Great job!

I can also keep a record of his learning to support his knowledge during future play activities in my Activity Garden: Goal Tracking Sheets booklet:

This booklet includes over 30 tracking sheets for use with the activities in the Activity Garden. The booklet is available in the Simplicity Happens store.
Example of counting sheet 1-5. The booklet also includes sheets for counting 1-2, 1-10, and 1-20!
Once we are done playing, we store the activity in his interactive play binder. The turtles get stored in a plastic zip pouch for later use!

Did you enjoy this activity with your little one? Please let me know in the comments section below!

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