Oyster Pearls Craft and Lesson
Mother Goose Time shared a wonderful oyster pearls lesson plan with us this month, as part of the Ocean Commotion theme for April.
Ages: Pre-K and up
- Beads (real pearls can be white, pink, yellow, green, blue, brown or black)
- Paper plate
- Pipe cleaner
Holding up the paper plate, we discussed how the paper plate is shaped like an "o", as in oyster.
We looked at pictures of oysters and oyster pearls. I showed them a real pearl necklace, too.
I decided to show my daughters a video on youtube explaining why oysters have pearls. It's pretty
Then, the girls got to paint their oyster shells. First, they painted the inside. They decided on yellow, even though it's usually pink. (Mother Goose Time included most of the needed supplies.)
As one side of the paper plate dried, they worked on their bracelets.
They strung several white beads onto the pipe cleaners.
"Look, a pearl bracelet!"
After they finished making their bracelets, they painted the outside shell (other side of the paper plate).
We folded the wet, painted plates and let it dry that way, so they would look like a oyster shells.
Field Trip to See Real Oysters and Pearls
One thing we love to do is go on field trips to see exactly what we are learning about in the real world. So, we went to Downtown Disney and visited one of the oyster shell
We were tempted to buy a pearl, but we just looked at them. :) The jewelers have the oysters in the shell, and if you decide to buy one, they will open the shell for you and you can pick out jewelry to have the jewelers set the pearl in.
You can see the oysters with pearls inside here.
After you choose and oyster and take out the pearl, you can get jewelry for your pearl.
It was fun for the girls to see a real oyster shell, create their own oyster shells and pearl bracelets, while really having an understanding of where real pearls come from... The ocean, not a bucket.