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