This is one of those tried and true clay projects for early childhood.  It is very simple.  You give the student a ball of clay and a paper towel.  The student puts the paper towel over their knee and then pats the clay on top of their knee to create a “shell.”  So easy and cute!   I have video of children creating their turtle below.

I teach the children about attaching clay pieces with “scratch and slip.”   I demonstrate how to make the “scratches” and then how to apply a bit of slip that is like glue.

STEP ONE: Knee Shells
STEP TWO:  Adding Texture
STEP THREE: Adding the head and legs