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.

Use white or tan filters.
Use white or tan filters.

Supplies you will need:

1 coffee filter, white or tan

2 wiggle eyes, any color

1 Pom Pom, any color, size ½ inch or less

Scotch tape



Fold the coffee filter in half; then fold in half again. Tape down the side with Scotch tape. Glue wiggle eyes on one side, close to the edge. Glue a Pom Pom on the inside for the pearl. You can use white for the pearl, but I find that kids love to pick out fun bright colors as well:)

making oysters!
Let’s form an oyster reef!

I hope your children enjoy this easy oyster craft.






This oyster craft pairs nicely with my book about sea animals cleaning the Chesapeake Bay. Here is the book trailer for Olly the Oyster Cleans the Bay.


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