Yertle the Turtle is the title story in a collection by Theodor Geisel and it is by far one of my favorite Seuss tales.* It tells of Yertle, the king of the turtles, who grows unhappy with his modest stone throne and commands all the other turtles to form a stack so that he may sit upon them and be the highest in all the land. I’m sure you can guess what happens. The book ends with this great line,
For this activity you will need to read Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories, it’s a must! You’ll also need:“And turtles, of course ... all the turtles are freeAs turtles, and maybe, all creatures should be.”
- at least 10 stackable stones (try to keep your number even if your going to be playing with more than one child)
- paint brushes and spouncers
- green paint in two shades
Use the paint to turn your stones into turtles! You can get as fancy, or simple, as you want. I let the kids do the painting and it took them less than 10 minutes. We divided the turtles in half and made light and dark turtles by using the spouncer to create a body and a brush to paint a head, tail, legs, and arms.
To play all you need to do is start stacking. If you’ve painted two different types of turtles you can see who can stack the fastest or highest. We took turns making one giant stack, like in the story, it’d get pretty high before it’d tip over!
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