Kids Create: July 4th Tambourines and Maracas

patriotic_crafts_small.jpg We are getting in the July 4th spirit at our house. I can’t quite help make a float (or a prom dress out of duct tape) but I can help you make some musical instruments for the kids.
I thought they can use them to “march” in the parade. My son has been practicing – making up songs and shaking his “tambourine” and “maraca”.
Here’s how we made them:


TAMBOURINE
Materials:
1. Paper Plates
2. Dried Pasta/Beans
3. Markers
4. Stickers
5. Stapler
To do:
1. First staple two plates together all the way around leaving a space to insert pasta.
2. Pour a handful of pasta inside plates and staple shut.
3. Decorate your tambourine with markers, stickers, glitter.
Tip:
You may want to run masking tape around the edge so little fingers do not get snagged on the staples.
MARACA
Materials:
1. Water bottle
2. Masking tape
3. Dried Pasta/beans
4. Markers
To do:
1. Fill water bottle with beans and screw cap on.
2. Cover bottle with masking tape and tape the cap shut.
3. Decorate your maraca with markers.
Note: I tried to encourage a “red,white, blue” color scheme but 3 years old have a mind of their own! Happy 4th!
Post by Nancy Breslin
We would love to see your 4th of July artwork. Please email your creations to us!

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