Make some quick and easy shakers for music time (or general noisemaking) using cardboard tubes, paper plates, duct tape, and of course, dried beans!
My son enjoys the little instruments our library has for preschool story-time… tambourines, bells, triangles, a drum, and a bean shaker. He asked if we could make a bean shaker like the one there. We made three different kinds.
Here’s what we used for #1:
Small paper plate
Handful of dried beans
Markers, stickers, etc for decorating
I cut my small paper plate in half (although you could simply fold it in half, duh) throw in some beans and staple all around the edges to close it up.
To cover the staples, I applied brightly colored duct tape over the ‘holding’ side.
Let your child have fun coloring and decorating it now.
For shaker #2, we used a paper towel tube.
With beans inside, I pinched each end flat and stapled shut tightly. The I covered the ends with duct tape.
For shaker #3, we tried to make it look like a flower. I used:
2 small paper plates
Craft foam and paper
Glue (I ended up using hot glue)
I placed beans in between the two plates and stapled them together all around. (I didn’t cover all the staples with this one because it was a circle, and would have been hard, and also, we had a handle.)
Using cut out shapes we glued on a round center and petals for a “flower” shaker.
And now, let the wild rumpus begin!