Turtles and tortoises are reptiles too!
Turtles & Tortoises
By Connie Goldin, MA, MFT
Recently, by chance, my husband and I stumbled upon The San Diego Turtle and Tortoise Show, an annual event in Balboa Park held by the San Diego Turtle & Tortoise Society. We had our five-year-old-grandnephew and his mom and dad with us and it was a great find. We saw several Galapagos tortoises, as well as several other species of these fabulous reptiles. Johnny, the five-year-old, had a blast checking out all the animals and even touching some of them on their hard shells. I’d definitely attend again, because it was very interesting, and was free!
Check out the excellent Turtle & Tortoise page on the San Diego Zoo website. You’ll find great information and new vocabulary. Some of the words and terms include:
Meet Tortoise, Timothy, who is almost 162 years old!
Here are some fun books, both fiction and nonfiction, that introduce turtles and tortoises to kids, from toddlers to teens. There is wonderful new vocabulary to learn for all ages from reading about a topic. Talking about the difference between fiction and nonfiction with young children will be helpful to them too.