Tropical Jewelry Making

About:

The new Disney film, Moana, was stunning to watch. The art and animation was gorgeous. The story was also pretty good. I was inspired when I watched the film and saw Moana’s tribe’s relationship to to the jewelry that they wore. Jewelry not only a status symbol in the film, but it also told a story. Maui wore a necklace that held the teeth or parts of talons of enemies that he had defeated. Moana’s necklace was a family heirloom that was part of the story of a voyaging nation. This is one part craft and one part game. Have the children make jewelry such as bracelets and necklaces and ask them to have a story in mind when they make it. This activity may cost about $20-25 to do and should entertain the group for 5-15 minutes with the the plastic string design and 15-30 minutes if you use hemp braiding techniques.

Materials Needed:

  1. Plastic Animal Beads (click here to see what I found on Amazon)
  2. Either plastic, stretchy string (which looks like fishing wire) or hemp
  3. Regular Plastic Beads (click here to see what I found on Amazon)

Instructions:

Place all of the same types of beads together in bowl around the table that you will use for the craft.

For plastic wire:

Pre-cut the bracelet strings and give them to the children at the start of the activity. Leave about an inch and a half to an inch extra of string so that you can easily tie the bracelets for the kids. Make sure you mark the area in the bracelet that the kids can use with 2 permanent marker lines to indicate the area that should be filled in. You can either let the kids’ imaginations run wild or let them know that they should be creating these bracelets to tell a story about visiting Moana or the child’s own story. Help them tie the bracelets on using a surgeon’s knot When everyone is finished, let them go around and tell their stories in a circle. This part of the activity will take about 15 minutes.

For Hemp Bracelets:

First of all, poll the children to find out if they have ever made a hemp bracelet before. Some children with experience may want to make their own design.

This wikihow demonstration will give them a good idea of how to make their bracelets. Have them add beads to the center at their own pace. You can either let the kids’ imaginations run wild or let them know that they should be creating these bracelets to tell a story about visiting Moana or the child’s own story.

Lastly, gather everyone around to listen to everyone’s stories.

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