Too quiet around the house? Help your child make a tambourine and fill your house with music.
two paper plates pebbles, buttons, paper clips, or unshelled nuts heavy duty glue hole punch ribbon small bells (optional)
What to do:
- Invite your child to take one paper plate and fill it with a handful of pebbles, buttons, or nuts.
- Help your child place a ring of glue around the edge of the paper plate and place the second plate (inverted) on top. Let dry.
- When the two plates are dry, your child can punch holes around the edge of the plates.
- Tie ribbon and bells to each hole.
How to use:
- Turn on your child's favorite music and let her tap to the music's rhythms.
- Give your child a number and have her tap it out on the tambourine.
Let's Talk: Ideas to Explore Together.
- Can you think of another item we could have used instead of the pebbles (buttons, paper clips, nuts) to make your tambourine?
- Which way is more fun for you? Shaking of tapping the tambourine?
While you are having fun together, your child is using small muscle skills and developing a sense of rhythm.