Throughout history, the turtle/tortoise has symbolized the characteristics of being easygoing, patient, and wise. In many cultures, they epitimize a long life. Also, turtles are often found in creation myths explaining the origin of Earth.
There are many famous turtles/tortoises in literature. One of Aesop’s Fables is the The Hare and the Tortoise. This famous fable teaches that slow but steady wins the race.
“A hare one day ridiculed the short feet and slow pace of the Tortoise, who replied, laughing: ‘Though you be swift as the wind, I will beat you in a race.’”
The Hare, believing her assertion to be simply impossible, assented to the proposal, and they agreed that the Fox should choose the course and fix the goal.
On the day appointed for the race the two started together. The Tortoise never for a moment stopped, but went on with a slow but steady pace straight to the end of the course. The Hare, lying down by the wayside, fell fast asleep. At last waking up, and moving as fast as he could, he saw the Tortoise had reached the goal, and was comfortably dozing after her fatigue.”
Another famous turtle comes to life in Dr. Seuss’, famous story, Yertle the Turtle who as king of the pond decides he needs to increase the size of his kingdom. He accomplishes this by demanding that his turtle subjects pile themselves up to create a higher throne on which he can rule. The bottom turtle, named Mack, speaks against Yertle when he says,
“I know, up on top you are seeing great sights,
But down at the bottom, we, too, should have rights.
We turtles can't stand it. Our shells will all crack!
Besides, we need food. We are starving! groaned Mack."
Eventually Mack has had enough of supporting Yertle and with a burp Mack brings down the tower of turtles, throwing Yertle into the mud where he rules to this day.
According to Animal Planet, turtles, specifically box turtles, rank third in the 10 most popular small pets for children eight years old and older. They can be expected to live up to 40 years. They enjoy living in a terrarium that is roomy enough to have a few rocks where they can bask in the sun. They also need a dry area where they can burrow and shallow water where they can rehydrate. They enjoy eating earthworms, insects, fruit and vegetables. They don’t need much exercise.
May 23rd is World Turtle Day. On this day people are encouraged to increase their knowledge and respect for what is generally considered the world’s oldest creature. Here are some fun facts about turtles:
- A group of turtles is called a "bale".
- The Hawaiian word for sea turtle is “honu” which means "long life".
- Turtles can range in size from a 4” bog turtle to a 1500 lb. Leathery Turtle.
- Turtles spend most of their time in water.
- Tortoises live on the land.
- Temperature determines the gender of a baby turtle. Under 29 degrees produces a male.
- Some turtles can live a year without food.
- Turtles have good eye sight and an excellent sense of smell.
At WhiteClouds, turtles aren’t running races or toppling kingdoms. However, they are being 3D printed. Personalize your own turtle stamp by adding a favorite motto or quote. Enjoy creating scrapbook pages, greeting cards, and other paper crafts. Finally, enjoy some turtle wisdom:
- Swim with the current.
- Be a good navigator.
- Stay calm under pressure.
- Be well-travelled.
- Think long-term.
- Age gracefully.
- Spend time at the beach.
“Sea Turtle Advice” Card How-to
One 5½“ x 8½” tan cardstock
One 5¼” x 4” Patterned Paper
One 4¼” x 2½” tan cardstock
One 8½” x 11” cream paper
One 2” square tan cardstock
Tan ink pad
Five inches, ¼” wide cream ribbon
Two small rhinestones
#1 tag template (“Sea Turtle Advice” PDF)
#2 tag template (“Sea Turtle Advice” PDF
“Sea Turtle Advice” PDF (shell clipart from unknown source)
Permanent Glue Stick
¼” hole punch
1. To create base card, fold 5½“ x 8½” tan cardstock in half to measure 4¼” x 5½”.
2. Daub with tan ink around all edges of base card.
3. Print “Sea Turtle Advice” PDF on cream paper
4. Using #1 tag template, cut “Sea Turtle Advice” from cream paper.
5. Daub with tan ink around all edges of #1 tag
6. Using #2 tag template, cut tag from tan card stock.
7. Daub with tan ink around all edges of #2 tag.
8. Center and glue #1 tag to #2 tag
9. Punch hole and attach ribbon to tag.
10. Stamp Sea Turtle onto 2”square with tan ink.
11. Cut out turtle.
12. Place rhinestones for eyes