Easy Oyster Craft

Students show off their oysters.
Students show off their oysters.

Oyster season has arrived! There is an old saying which espouses that oysters should only be eaten in months with an R, ideally September through April. Today, however, with modern refrigeration and oyster farming all year round, oysters can be eaten any time of year. But, some oyster aficionados hold that oysters are at their freshest and tastiest in the Fall.

In honor of the fall harvest, I’m posting this easy oyster craft. I make this craft with students when I visit schools to read my children’s book, Olly the Oyster Cleans the Bay. I teach children that oysters are great for the environment because they are filter feeders and natural cleaners in the water. Continue reading “Easy Oyster Craft”

Mother’s Day Tea Sets

Tea set
Make these mini tea sets with your kids

My 10 year old daughter and I made these tea sets recently in celebration of Mother’s Day. Made from Sculpey Polymer Clay, they are actually very easy to make.

Most pieces began with making a small ball out of the clay. Then we used the eraser end of a pencil to make the hole inside each piece. Just make the ball smaller for a cup, and bigger for a teapot, creamer or sugar bowl. Continue reading “Mother’s Day Tea Sets”

Leprechauns Invade

Crafty Leprechauns
Crafty Leprechauns

My kids love all the holidays, especially ones with little fairies involved that dress in green hats with buckles and leave gold coins in their wake. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day coming up, we spent last Friday evening making our own little leprechauns out of egg cartons.

First the kids cut out sections of the egg cartons and painted them green. Continue reading “Leprechauns Invade”

Thanksgiving Wind Socks

Thanksgiving Windsocks
Thanksgiving Windsocks

I wanted the kids to do a fun craft for Thanksgiving. Something different from the hand print turkeys at school, although I love hand print turkeys and will cherish them forever. I decided to have the kids make wind socks.

I actually almost bought wind socks because I’ve been wanting to put something in the back yard that catches the wind. In addition to providing a whimsical element to my yard, it goes along with my decorating sense. I enjoy Feng Shui decorating, and wind elements are perfect for the back left side of my yard. Objects that catch the wind represent the flow of wealth, and hey, anything that will help in this area of my life is welcome. Continue reading “Thanksgiving Wind Socks”