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Yertle the Turtle Craft and Treat

Yertle the Turtle Craft for Dr. Seuss Day.We are so excited to share our Yertle the Turtle Craft and treat with you! Dr. Seuss day is coming up this week, and this is the perfect activity and treat for you to do with your little ones. And not only are these little green turtles super yummy, but this activity provides the perfect opportunity to teach about the consequences of being thoughtless, vain and conceited.

Yertle the Turtle is king of the pond on the island of Sala-ma-Sond. The turtles have everything they could ever need and they are happy there. Until one day, when Yertle the Turtle decides his kingdom is too small and his throne needs to be higher! So Yertle the Turtle commands the other turtles to stand on each other’s backs to create a tower.

Now, Yertle the Turtle can see the whole pond. But this isn’t enough for him, and he commands more turtles to stand on each other’s back to create a tower that rises higher and higher. Now the end of this story is no surprise, as the tower becomes higher and higher the smallest turtle on the very bottom, named Mack, begins to worry that his shell will crack.  He decides enough is enough and lets out a little burp that shakes the whole tower and sends Yertle the Turtle plummeting back down to earth.  Now king of only the mud, Yertle the Turtle learns a great lesson of treating others kindly and being thoughtful and humble.

Yertle the Turtle Craft and Treat for Dr. Seuss Week.

Making these Yertle the Turtle craft and treats is easy, and no turtles will be harmed in the making. ☺  Here are the things you will need:

  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups  (miniature size)
  • Mint Chocolate Chips
  • Green Malt Balls (Green PB M&M’s would also work)
  • Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • White frosting
  • Candy Eyes

Begin by melting some of the Semi Sweet chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Spoon the melted chocolate into a sandwich sized baggie and cut a small hole in the corner. Pipe a small amount of chocolate onto the green malt ball and stick it onto the upside down peanut butter cup. Then pipe the chocolate onto 4 mint chocolate chips and place them around the peanut butter cup.

Next place a small dab of white frosting on each candy eye, and place them on the green malt ball.  Then melt some of the Mint Chocolate Chips in a microwave safe bowl. Spoon it into a baggie with a small hole cut in the corner. Pipe the mint chocolate in a tic tac toe design on the top of the Reese’s peanut butter cup.

Yertle the Turtle Craft for Dr. Seuss Week.

This creates one turtle. To create the Yertle the Turtle Tower, create as many turtles as you would like to stack on top of each other. Use the melted chocolate to glue them together. We made our Yertle the Turtle Tower Treats 4 turtles high, but feel free to stack em as high as you want! Just remember poor little Mack on the very bottom, worried that his shell will crack. ☺

We hope you have fun making these adorable Yertle the Turtle Craft and treats, and we hope you have even more fun eating them!

Happy Dr. Seuss Week!

Check out some of our other Dr. Seuss inspired crafts.

Oreo Strawberries and Cream Cat in the Hat Activity and Snack March 2nd is one of the most magical days of the entire year. It’s the day when Sam I Am tries Green Eggs and Ham, when Horton the Elephant hears a Who, and when The Sneetches get stars upon thars. That’s right, March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’s Birthday and Read Across America Day. It is also the day when one of the most beloved characters of all time, The Cat in the Hat, comes out to play. March 2nd is right around the corner, so there is no better time to share our Oreo Strawberries and Cream Cat in the Hat Activity and Snack with you! You will only need 3 things for this Oreo Strawberries and Cream Cat in the Hat Activity and Snack… Oreos (Double Stuffed work best) Strawberries (The bigger the better) Whipped Cream (In the aerosol can) I started by having my kids twist apart the Oreo. This works really well with Double Stuffed Oreos because the cream is thick enough it doesn’t get stuck on both sides. My kids immediately ate the side with no cream, and placed the cream side on a plate. While they were working on their Oreos, I cut the strawberries into 4 round slices. If your strawberries are small you might want to only cut 3. The biggest strawberry slice, we set on top of the cream filled Oreo. I then helped my younger kids spray a little bit of Whipped Cream on top of the strawberry. We found that the extra creamy kind works best. Because Whipped Cream melts so fast, having the extra thickness really helped the Oreo Strawberries and Cream Cat in the Hat Snack last just a bit longer. They continued spraying a bit of cream, and then placing a slice of strawberry on top until all 4 pieces were done. The pointed end of the strawberry was last, creating the top of the hat. The Oreo Strawberries and Cream Cat in the Hats didn’t last long. As the cream began to melt, the strawberries would start to slide off and the hat toppled over. But it didn’t matter, because my kids were eating them just as fast as they could make them. They each made 3 or 4 and begged for more. I cut them off at that point, saying they would ruin their dinner, but secretly wanting the rest for myself. They are SO good! Strawberries and Cream is such a classic combination, but adding the Chocolatey Oreo was a home run! Dr. Seuss is known for his whimsical ways, and this Oreo Strawberries and Cream Cat in the Hat Activity and Snack displays exactly that… Whimsical Fun. No matter how hard I tried, and how carefully I placed the strawberries on top of the cream, I could not get the hat to be straight. And I kind of LOVE that! Dr. Seuss wanted kids to understand that using our imaginations doesn’t always have to be pretty, and it doesn’t always have to make sense. But it is ALWAYS fun. If you wanted to create these Oreo Strawberries and Cream Cat in the Hats for a birthday party or a baby shower, you might consider using a cream frosting. The Strawberries will stick much better and the cute little hats will hold their shape for much longer. We hope you love these Oreo Strawberries and Cream Cat in the Hats! And we hope they bring a little bit of Dr. Seuss magic to your Read Across America Day! And don’t forget to read “The Cat and the Hat” either before or after you make these tasty treats! CLASSROOM CONNECTION: This would be such a fun activity to do for your classroom Dr. Seuss Day party. I think a station with 5-6 kids would work best, and you would probably need 2-3 cans of Whipping Cream to keep the kids moving quickly enough before the cream begins to melt. Also, don’t forget to keep your Cream refrigerated until the last minute. The colder the cream is, the better it will work to assemble the hats!

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