My son is on a HUGE TMNT kick right now. He just can’t get enough of them!
If you’ve got a fan like that on your hands then this list is for you.
1. Make turtle ooze. There’s a ton of recipes online if you Google it, but we just made our own. Ours was equal parts cornstarch, water (colored green), and baking powder. We dissolved the cornstarch into the water first, then when we poured in the baking powder. Upon adding the baking powder, the whole thing bubbled for a solid 7 minutes, overflowing the bowl we had it in.
2. Go to the comic shop. In case you didn’t know, TMNT was a comic book LONG before it was a cartoon or movie. In fact, they still make TMNT comic books, my son bought one with his allowance just last week.
3. If you’re looking for something with more literary value than a comic book, try your local library. They should have everything from TMNT picture books, to TMNT chapter books, to straight up reference books about turtles of the non-mutant variety.
4. Make turtle eggs. I’ll admit, I found this and used this last year as a recipe for dinosaur eggs, but it should work just fine with little toy turtles instead of toy dinosaurs. I found this recipe at Projects for Preschoolers: 1 1/4 cup dirt, 1 1/4 cup flour, 1/2 cup sand, 3/4 cup salt, mix well then gradually stir in water until doughy. Once you have a good doughy consistency, just mold the dough around the toys into little balls then let them dry for a few days before you let the kids crack them open. These were a huge hit at a party we hosted last summer! Kids love them!
5. Spell turtle. I made this little literary activity for my son by drawing circles with turtle heads and legs on the back of a word strip, then I used Sharpie marker to write letters on the bottom of green glass gems. Its a simple tactile exercise for LittleMan to do while we discuss the sounds the various letters make and how these letters form a word he feels a strong attachment to.
6. Make two plates of food, on the first plate have things a real turtle might eat (lettuce, strawberries) and on the second plate have things a ninja turtle would eat (pizza!). Taste both plates, compare and contrast.
7. Bubble-wrap turtle shell painting. I posted on this a little while ago, click the title if you want to read more about it.
8. Sit in on a karate class or observe a local competition. Many dojos allow for people to observe a class if they are thinking about signing up. In our town, children are actually able to participate in one free class to decide if its something they might be interested in. I also have some adult associates who compete in karate tournaments and competitions, for which anyone is welcome in the audience. A quick Google search should reveal the options in your local area.
9. Make a shell. There are so many ways of doing this, it can be as simple as a flat poster board painted to look like a shell or as complex as a 3D paper mache shell. We’re planning on going as TMNT for Halloween this year and will most likely sew shells from felt and stuff them with helium balloons so they are lightweight for the kids.
10. Make ninja weapons. We made these a few years ago by covering cardboard stars and cardboard tubes with duct tape. If you youtube paper ninja throwing stars there will undoubtedly be a variety of oragami options.
Tip: If you’re going to have a play weapon handy, you’d better give the kid a safe means of using it. For LittleMan, I cleared everything out a corner of a room and drew a bull’s eye on a large cardboard box for him to hit and throw things at. He gets energy out, works on his hand-eye coordination, and no toys nor little sisters are harmed in the process.
11. Visit a pet shop to observe turtles. Our local pet shop lets LittleMan pet the turtles if its a slow day. Even if thats not an option, just seeing real life turtles is still usually worth the visit (and while you’re there you can pick up the dog food too).
12. Themed bath. SunnyGirl loves these so much, never under estimate the power of a little paint and some cheap props (bubbles colored green, red/orange/blue/purple balloons represting each of the 4 turtles’ mask colors).
13. Muffin tin lunch. I made this one based off my favorite turtle: Mikey. Everything green or orange, a couple mini pizzas, “turtle power” spelled out in Scramble CheeseIts.
14. Compare and contrast a real turtle’s habitat with a ninja turtle’s lair. Look at pictures of both in books or pictures online, or even make dioramas of both, then draw a venn diagram with your observations.
15. Watch a TMNT movie or cartoon. We’re on the 3rd generation of cartoon ninja turtles, if you include the live action movies, thats 4 versions of TMNT awesomeness! A lot of the old 90’s episodes are on youtube. Why not order a pizza and sit back to watch the boys in green kick some shell?
Well, I guess thats it for now.