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Sea turtles are an amazing reptile and kids will love learning about them as summer begins. Sea Turtles have loving natures in your favorite movies like Finding Dory. They travel thousands of miles to reach their favorite nesting beaches to lay their eggs. Use these sea turtle life cycle worksheets to see how they grow from an egg to an adult.
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Only a small fraction of baby sea turtles make it to adulthood and everyone loves watching them climb out of their nests to find the big ocean.
They have to avoid birds and other predators as they get pulled out to the open ocean. They love eating seaweed and jellyfish, who wouldn’t love sea turtles?
We love to learn all about the different types of animals that there are in the world and studying turtles is one of our favorites!
Stages of a sea turtle life cycle
A mother sea turtle will travel back to the beaches where she was born to lay her eggs. She digs a hole in the beach an buries her eggs and then she returns to the ocean.
The sea turtle eggs take 2 months to hatch, if they are not eaten. Once the sea turtle hatches out of the egg, it must return to the ocean. While it is on the beach it is the most vulnerable to seabirds, crabs, dogs or raccoons as garbage accumulates in nesting areas. Once the hatchling reaches the ocean, they spend their time in open waters and stay amongst sargassum seaweed since they provide cover for protection for up to a decade.
Juvenile sea turtles return to coastal waters at this time to forage and continue to grow.
As adults, sea turtles will return to their nesting grounds to mate. Females will go ashore to lay their eggs on the beach.
Recommended Sea Turtle Books
Bring sea turtles into your home with any of these fun and colorful sea turtle books. See how we can help them and learn about their life cycle and the long journey they travel to go back home to where they were born.
Sea Turtles: Amazing Pictures & Fun Facts on Animals in Nature (Our Amazing World Series Book 4)Follow the Moon Home: A Tale of One Idea, Twenty Kids, and a Hundred Sea Turtles (Children’s Story Books, Sea Turtle Gifts, Moon Books for Kids, Children’s Environment Books, Kid’s Turtle Books)Sea Turtles: Fun Facts About Turtles of The WorldSave the Ocean (Save the Earth Book 1)I’ll Follow the Moon — 10th Anniversary Collector’s EditionJune Moon
The great part about these worksheets? They’re really fun and engaging for the kids. They’re not your typical worksheets that are all about learning only…they are made using the cutest turtles, too.
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Sea Turtle Life Cycle Worksheets
All you need for these worksheets is listed below.
- Printer (I use this one)
Print out the worksheets and have your child follow the instructions, there are 3-part cards, writing, and labeling activities.
Fun Ways for your child to use these sea turtle worksheets
Have fun with sea turtles and bring them alive for your kids. Create a sensory bin for your child, fill it up with blue water, and add your plastic sea turtles and let them explore.
You can also use these printables to branch off and dig deeper in their learning about turtles as well. Look up fun pictures online and see what other unique facts about sea turtles that you can find.
Since these printables are introducing them to the life cycle, there’s a good idea that they’re going to have a lot more questions about sea turtles as well. The good news? There’s an abundance of information that you can look up and do with your child so that they can continue to keep learning more.
And for more learning fun, check out these Ocean Worksheets you don’t want to miss!
Recommended Sea Turtle Toys
Love sea turtles? Grab a fun sea turtle toy to add to your nature studies, these are perfect for your ocean lover.
Creativity for Kids Create with Clay Turtle Lagoon – Marine Biology Crafts for Kids – Build a Sea Turtle Habitat with Clay, Multi (6238000)Wild Republic Sea Turtle Plush, Stuffed Animal, Plush Toy, Gifts for Kids, Cuddlekins, Green 8 Inches,MultiSafari Ltd Life Cycle of a Green Sea TurtleTOYMANY 6PCS Realistic Sea Turtle Figurines, Plastic Ocean Sea Animals Figures Set Includes of Turtles, Educational Toy Cake Toppers Christmas Birthday Gift for Kids ToddlersLEGO Friends Turtles Rescue Mission 41376 Rescue Building Kit with Olivia Minifigure and Toy Turtles, Includes Toy Rescue Vehicle and Clinic for Pretend Play (225 Pieces)Ceaco – 100 Piece Undersea Glow – Journey of The Sea Turtles Jigsaw Puzzle Glow in The Dark, Kids
To extend this activity, have your child read their favorite sea turtle books, watch sea turtles in online documentaries, or create your own ocean sensory bin and create a habitat that your turtles would love.
We also print off these worksheets and take the with us when we’re traveling. Even though we technically might not be learning that day, it’s a good way to have something handy for when the kids are needing something to keep them busy.
Since they love these little turtles, they have no issue working on these life cycle worksheets.
See a sample of the Sea Turtle Life Cycle Worksheets below
Get the full Sea Turtle Life Cycle Worksheets for even more hands-on activities to teach your kids about sea turtles.
More Sea Turtle Activities
Swimming Turtles Cookie Cutter Painting for Kids by 3 Dinosaurs
Sea Turtle Life Cycle Printable by Homeschool Preschool