Building a Doll Sized Turtle Terrarium

Yippee, it is SCIENCE week at Camp Doll Diaries.  McKenna is so excited about it that she borrowed Lanie’s nature books and even her clothes to adventure outdoors and learn about turtles.  She found several on her outing and ended up bringing two home to keep as summertime pets in her cabin.  The two that are shown in the pictures with her terrarium project were made from Sculpey clay by Zoe.

On the adventure, she watched how they behaved and learned that they are curious little creatures.

She studied and found out that turtles need water, food and an environment with grass and rocks to survive.  She got to work to create them a new little home and gathered the things she would need.  If you want to make one of these at home, you can use any little container (better if you can see into it), rocks and grass (I used the packaged moss grass that is sold for dioramas in the craft stores).

To create the cute little jars of food, I filled up mini vials with sprinkles from our baking cabinet.  The adorable little file folders are from the scrapbooking section in the store but you can cut your own out of card stock too.

If you have a single little turtle, it might be a cute little home from him in a mini sized jar for the container.

If you think turtles are super cute and fun, you might like this word search of turtle things.  You can download it free here or by clicking on the picture below.

Happy Turtle Hunting,


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  1. Cute!! I love these science crafts!
    Zoë from – –

  2. So cute!

  3. AG 4 ever: ) says:

    You guys always make the cutest things! Another great idea from DD!

    AG 4 ever : )

  4. Those turtles are adorable!


  5. Too cute! I love the way your daughter sculpted those turtles, Laura. We actually have 2 water turtles in my classroom at the pre-school I work at named Ling-Ling and Pookie!

  6. Aw that is so cute! Several years ago I had a pet box turtle named Tiny. Now I have two pet tarantulas, named Juanita and Spatula. : )

  7. Kristen L. says:

    Sooo cute!

  8. I LOVE turtles! This is a great craft and exercise. Thank you for the instructions and printable.

    Just a quick reminder: when you are out on a nature walk – don’t bring nature home with you. Leave Mother Nature’s children where they are as they really do not belong in our houses. By all means help turtles safely cross roads (be safe yourself and wash your hands after), but otherwise take a picture with your phone or camera and let them go back to their families.

  9. so cute!

  10. BlondeLove says:

    OMG! These r sooo cute! I have a pet turtle, and I bet my dolls would luv one too!

  11. AWESOME!!!! I have a turtle named Kessie! I will try to be making this very much!

  12. Anna the bookworm says:

    So cute!!!

  13. That looks so cute, I love it! Those turtles are so adorable 😀

  14. Julia f says:

    Awesome! I will totally make this!