When I grow up…





After mating at sea, adult female sea turtles return to land to nest at night. They make from one to eight nests per season. The female sea turtle digs a circular hole and starts filling the nest with a clutch of soft-shelled eggs one by one until she has deposited around 50 to 200 eggs. After that, she re-fills the nest with sand, re-sculpting and smoothing the surface until it is relatively undetectable visually. then she returns to the ocean, leaving the eggs untended.







Incubation takes about two months. When ready, hatchlings tear their shells apart with their snout and dig through the sand. Once they reach the surface, they instinctively head towards the sea. Only a very small proportion of each hatch succeed (usually 1%) because local opportunist predators, such as the common seagull, gorge on the new sea turtles.



So, the main theme of the game is about baby turtles’ little journey to the ocean. This is the most important and most dangerous part of turtles’ life.




Artwork by Soojin Lee / click the picture!


Player picks their baby turtles and lead them safely to the sea. Each turn player draw the direction card and follow the instruction.

There are normal card which allows to move safely and trap card.

The percentage of trap card is very high because there are many dangers like human and predators.

The poacher card is the most critical, so it helps to understand how strong human activities effects turtles’ life.


Yes, this is PnP game. You can follow the link and print the pictures and play it.

When I grow up


4 thoughts on “When I grow up…

  1. I thought your presentation was very interesting and i really liked your game concept and design. it seems like it would be fun to play and good for kids. i wish we had had time to play all the games made in class. it also helps teach a lot about the sea turtles life.

  2. This was one of my favorite projects! It’s a really cute idea and one that is easy to play, and will get young children more interested in sea turtles. When I was little, my family went to a sea turtle sanctuary on one of the Caribbean islands, and we got to see the turtles swimming around in tubs and hold some of the babies. Baby sea turtles are adorable! I don’t remember a lot about it, but I think the sea turtles were injured and being rehabilitated. We kept our t-shirts from there for many years. They said “save the hawskbill.”

  3. I absolutely loved this project. The idea turned out so cute and it actually made the kids have to read through the information about the sea turtle in order to proceed. i’m interested to see what kind of research you did to determine the effectors in the game and what experts say about this kind of education for kids. Something like this could spread up to the parents as well.

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