This oyster with a pearl craft for kids is the final in our ocean animal series. And, even though it is super basic, I think that it might be my favorite. Anything that is interactive is more fun to make and then play with after. And I had another idea…you can turn this oyster craft into a card for someone special. What do you think?
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SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- Small to medium white pompom
- Elmer’s glue
- 6 Large popsicle sticks
- Pink construction paper
- Gray construction paper (if you do not have this, just color or paint some paper)
- Glue stick
- Medium pompom (any color)
- Gray paint
This project uses supplies taken directly from the same master list that we use for every…single…craft here at “In the Bag Kids’ Crafts”. And we do this to make your life easier! Seriously! If you use this list to fill your bag, you will be ready to craft at a moment’s notice, with hundreds of ideas at your fingertips! That next rainy day when the kids are complaining that they are bored (again!)…here comes super mom! And you will never regret taking the time to create something with your kids…I promise you! Learn more and find out what to put in your bag HERE.
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Step 1: Make Triangles
- Glue together 3 large popsicle sticks to form a triangle
- Repeat this to make a second triangle frame
- Allow the glue plenty of time to dry
*Tip: You may want to make up the triangle frame the night before to give the glue time to set up. As a matter of fact, make several of the triangle frames while you are at it because, around here, we use them a lot. Check out these other crafts that also start with a triangle frame: SUMMER FRUIT, FARM ANIMALS, DINOSAURS, PLAY FOOD
Step 2: Paint
- Place your triangle frames on the newspaper and squeeze out a little gray paint.
- *Remember, if you do not have gray paint you can mix up a little black and white. This is a great time to talk with your little ones about what happens when you mix certain colors together. Always looking for that teaching moment 🙂
- Pinch your medium pompom (not the white) with the clothespin to form a “paint brush”
- Paint one side of each frame and give it time to dry
*Tip: Immediately after painting the frames, move them a little. Repeat this several times throughout the drying process so that the triangle does not stick to the newspaper.
Step 3: Make it Move
- Place a triangle on the pink construction paper and trace around the outside. Then draw a second triangle about 1/8″ inside that one for you to cut out…
- OR print the free template which includes the triangle form for you to use.
- Make a second pink triangle in the same fashion.
- Glue each pink triangle onto the back of a gray painted triangle frame.
- Cut a rectangle shape from the gray paper. It should be approximately 1″ x 2″ or a little bigger. This is going to be your hinge.
- Now sandwich the triangles together with the pink paper on the outside and glue the gray paper rectangle hinge into place.
Step 4: Add the Shells
- Draw a shell on the gray paper that fits over the entire triangle and make a second one that is identical…
- OR use the free template for making your shell. Trace and cut out 2 gray shells.
- With the triangles sandwiched together, glue the shells in place on the outside. Line them up so that they match exactly.
*For very little ones, precut the pieces and help them to glue and paint to their heart’s desire.
Step 5: Now for the Pearl
- Add some details using your markers as desired. This is your oyster, so make it your own! It can even have a happy face on it or hearts, stars, polka dots…whatever makes you happy! This one is kept very simple and basic, but go crazy if you want…really! Show us your personality on these shells.
- Now for the final touch…glue the white pompom inside your oyster. Let the glue dry thoroughly.
You have done it!!! Congratulations!
SAVE THIS OYSTER WITH A PEARL CRAFT FOR KIDS FOR LATER! PIN IT TO YOUR FAVORITE PINTEREST BOARD…