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Make Your Own Merry Little Band!
Coffee Can Drum
You will need: empty coffee can with plastic lid,
construction paper, glue, markers, clear contact paper, drum sticks (chopsticks
work great) Cover the outside of the coffee can with construction paper
and decorate with markers! Apply clear contact paper around the covered
can. Glue the plastic lid on the can.
Flute on a Roll
You will need: empty toilet paper/paper towel
roll, wax paper, markers, rubber band, pencil (or dowel) Poke 3-4 holes
in roll with the pencil about 1' apart. Decorate roll, if desired, with
markers. Cut a piece of wax paper 4" square. Wrap over one end of the roll
and secure with the rubber band.
You will need: stretch knit gloves/mitts, jingle
bells (4-5 per glove), needle & thread, sequins (if desired) Sew bells
to glove/mitten back. Add colorful sequins to decorate if you wish. Slip
on both gloves and clap....or put on one and shake to jingle!
2 dowel rods (approx. 12 inches long, each)
Any local hardware store will have dowel rods in
various sizes (widths & lengths). Choose the size you like best.
Ask the hardward to cut it to the length you want! The kids can beat
them together to go along with the music. You may want to add designs
with paint or felt markers.
For an interesting sound effect, saw grooves into
one or both ends of the sticks and rub them across each other or beat them
Paper Cup Shaker
Decorate two paper or styrofoam cups. Add
dry beans, and tape the two cups together.
Decorate a cardboard paper roll. Fill with
beans, beads or rice. Cover ends with cellophane or wax paper.
Secure paper on ends with an elastic or tape.
Cut a small hole in a dried gourd. Put in
a little rice, seeds or dry beans. Fill the hole with a bit of white,
regular toothpaste or polyfiller. Paint the gourd with tempera paint
if you wish.
The "Glass Harmonica" is a real instrument used
in some orchestras, but you can have fun creating your very own!
4 - 8 large drinking glasses or glass bottles
water (add food coloring if you wish!)
Fill the glasses with varying amounts of water.
Gently rub a wet finger around the rim of each glass. Each glass
makes its own unique sound. Pour out or add some water to some of
the glasses to change their sounds. Make up your own tunes!
Another way to play the Musical Glasses is to gently
tap the side of the glass with a spoon. If you use glass bottles,
you can make another sound by blowing across the top of each one.
Listen for the difference in sounds when tapping and blowing.
Paper Plate Tambourines I
2 9" paper plates
crayons, felt tip pens, tempera or acrylic paint,
rice, shelled corn, small pebbles, small beads,
dried beans or peas
yarn, narrow ribbon or pipe cleaners
glue, hole punch
Color or paint a design on the bottom of the plates.
Allow to dry completely. Punch holes about 2" apart all around the
rim of one plate and attach a jingle bell at each hole with yarn, ribbon
or pipe cleaners. Place a handful of rice or other dried item into
the center of one of the plates. Glue the paper plates together at
the rim so that the decorated side is facing out.
Tip: Add crepe paper streamers to the tambourine.
Glue a strip of crepe paper (about 1" x 9") between each punched hole before
gluing the plates together.
Paper Plate Tambourines II
2 paper plates (any size)
dried beans, rice or beads
colorful ribbon or yarn
Decorate backs of plates with paint, markers, stickers,
stamps....(allow paint to dry completely before completing next step).
With plates facing each other, punch holes (1/2 to 3/4 inches apart) around
the edge of the plates. Cut enough long pieces of ribbon/yarn to
tie in each hole...leaving the tails trailing down. Or run a long
length of ribbon/yarn through the holes around the plates...and tie off,
leaving a tail.
Pop Bottle Shakers
Use an empty, plastic soda bottle (16oz. or 20oz.)
for each child. Clean the bottles and remove the labels. Have each child
pour several spoonfuls of popcorn kernels into his bottle. Hot glue the
lid to the bottle. To decorate the shakers, have each child use a paint
brush and thinned glue to add various colors of tissue paper squares to
Cut a large rectangle shape from the shoebox lid,
leaving about an inch all around the inside edge of the lid. Glue
lid to bottom of box. Paint and decorate the shoebox as desired.
Wrap several elastic bands around the box so that they are over the cut
out area. Secure the elastic bands in place with tape. For
extra security, you can also notch the box edges so that the elastic bands
rest in the notches.
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