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Paper Plate Tambourines

ages 3-6


Two paper plates; stapler; markers,crayons, ribbons, tissue paper pieces, construction paper or other crafty things you have laying around; rice or beans

Activity Detail

Take 2 paper plates and decorate the bottoms of them with markers, crayons, tissue paper pieces, ribbons -- anything you have handy. Then put the two paper plates together so that the decorated bottoms are facing out. Begin to fasten the paper plates together by stapling around the outer edge. Once you have stapled three-quarters of the way around, pour some rice or beans into the middle. Then finish stapling the plates together, all the way around the outside edge so that no beans or rice can fall out. You can then decorate around the edges with ribbon or paper streamers, if you like. When you shake the plate it will make noise, just like a tambourine. You and your kids have just made a musical instrument!



amyanddaniel said:

Kids would enjoy playing their tamborine while singing their favorite songs.

- Posted on Jun 5, 2007

Andrea said:

Art and music together - my preschooler loved this

- Posted on Jun 12, 2007

ashleyoneill said:

This is also a great way to teach kids about cause and effect. What will happen if we put just a little bit of rice in? What will happen if we put a lot of beans in?

- Posted on Mar 7, 2008

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