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Tambourine Time


Tambourine Time

[20 Minutes]

Too quiet around the house? Help your child make a tambourine and fill your house with music.

You'll need:

• two paper plates • pebbles, buttons, paper clips, or unshelled nuts • heavy duty glue • hole punch • ribbon • small bells (optional)

What to do:

  1. Invite your child to take one paper plate and fill it with a handful of pebbles, buttons, or nuts.
  2. 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.
  3. When the two plates are dry, your child can punch holes around the edge of the plates.
  4. Tie ribbon and bells to each hole.

How to use:

  1. Turn on your child's favorite music and let her tap to the music's rhythms.
  2. 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?

Useful information:

While you are having fun together, your child is using small muscle skills and developing a sense of rhythm.

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