Val’s Crafty Corner: DIY Rhythm Shakers

Valerie is a Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassador
This idea for crafty fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen.

Enjoy crafting with your kids!

Do your kids enjoy making music? Are you in need of a super-quick craft to keep the kids busy? Do you need a little more percussion in your life?? Then this quick craft to make rhythm shakers from cardboard tubes is for you!

First, gather your materials. To make your own rhythm shakers, you will need: cardboard tubes, wax paper, markers, beads or dried beans, and some rubber bands.

Next, invite your child over to decorate the cardboard tube! We love our Melissa & Doug washable markers because they don’t roll, have bright colors, and they are the perfect size and shape for little hands. Clara is particularly fond of the purple markers!

I covered one end of the cardboard tube with wax paper and used a rubber band to hold the wax paper in place. Then Clara added some beads to the shaker. This was her favorite part! No beads on hand? Dried beans will work well for this instead.

Finally, I covered the other end with wax paper held in place with a rubber band, and it was time to shake, shake, shake!!! Crank up some tunes, and play along!

Experiment with different sized cardboard tubes, different sized or numbers of beads/beans. Do they make different sounds?

Have fun!!

Valerie Deneen is the author of  Inner Child Fun, where she inspires parents to spend more quality time with their kids, and less money doing it. Inner Child Fun celebrates simple pleasures for all ages—with more than 1,000 frugal and creative projects sure to bring out the “kid” in you too! Follow Valerie on Twitter or say “Hi” on Facebook.

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