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World Turtle Day - 23 May 2022

Event:This Morning when Sean came in his mum had a chat with me and told me it was world Turtle Day and Sean was wearing a turtle t -shirt. So I decided it would be nice to do some craft relating to turtles. I looked up some craft and found a turtle the children could make so I gathered the craft materials and went and took them outside to a table and Hunter, Nathan, Daphne, Alex, Jack, Nyiel, Pilar all came over to the table and wanted to know what they were going to make. I said to the children "we are going to make a turtle for world turtle day" I looked up what it was about and told the children about world turtle day. Each of the children sat down and were given a paper plate and I explained to the children what they had to do. The older children placed glue on their plate and then proceeded to stick on the coloured tissue paper. The younger children needed some help with the glue and then they were able to stick tissue paper on their plate. When they were finished I stapled a head, flippers and a tail on for the children. When they had finished they took it over to a trough they had put blue tissue paper in and pretended to swim their turtles. Salo, Tevita, Sean, Novia, Koitha, Pico and Laye came and sat down and proceeded to make their turtle. Once all turtles were finished the children went off to play then at group time we watched a short video clip about tirtles.The reason we celebrate world turtle is as follows World Turtle Day? The Significance of World Turtle Day Apparently, there are 300 kinds of turtles in the world, with 129 of them being endangered. That is the reason why World Turtle Day is celebrated internationally. People are reminded on this day how important it is to help turtles live and grow in their natural habitat. The day was created as a yearly observance to help people celebrate and protect turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats around the world. Susan Tellem and Marshall Thompson, founders of ATR and World Turtle Day, advocate humane treatment of all animals, including reptiles. Since 1990, ATR has placed about 4,000 tortoises and turtles in caring homes. ATR assists law enforcement when undersize or endangered turtles are confiscated and provides helpful information and referrals to persons with sick, neglected or abandoned turtles.

Link to Pedagogical Documentation

EYLF Outcomes

Outcomes: 5: Children are effective communicators Elements: 5.1 Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes. The children were communicating with me to ask what we were making and I was able to explain to the children that we are making turtles for World Turtle day and what it was about.

Service Philosophy

  • Koala Corner, Philosophy, 2020.pdf

We recognise that each child learns and develops at their own paceWe value children learning about the world around them We believe that educators play an important role in supporting children's learning We value intentional teaching and scaffolding to support children's learning


Critical ReflectionDuring this experience I was able do intentional teaching and scaffold the children's learning by teaching them about the importance to save the turtles. Also was able to support the children especially the younger Joey children in doing the craft activity. Follow up More days the celebrate different things eg.

  • National Sorry Day

  • National Reconciliation Week

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