Noisy Week Round Up

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We have just finished up our Noisy Week. The kids had so much fun making all of these musical instruments and making lots of noise :)

Here are all the different instruments that we made:

Tin Can/Balloon Drums:

Jingle Bell Braclets:

Egg Shakers:

Popsicle Stick Xylophones:

Paper Plate Bead Drums:
The girls had a great time making music with these instruments :)

I hope you enjoyed our Noisy Week and maybe you got inspired to have a noisy week or day yourself and make some instruments to play :)

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Noisy Week: Paper Plate Bead Drums & Kid’s Co-op

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We have been having a very noisy week here at Two Big Two Little. :) So far we have made Popsicle Stick XylophonesEgg ShakersJingle Bell Bracelets, and Balloon Tin Can Drums. Today we are making paper plate bead drums :)

I found the idea for these at Better Homes & Gardens. These bead drums are not quite as easy to make as the other noisy crafts that we have made so far. I found that I ended up making Sammie’s for her and Maddie needed a bit of help too. Sammie decorated her plates and threaded the buttons onto the strings :) Maddie had trouble holding her plates together and getting the previous holes to line up as she was punching a new hole.

I will explain how we made the bead drums and then I have some tips that might make them easier to make.

To make the bead drums, you will need:
-2 paper plates. We used large, but I think small would work as well
– 6-8 large buttons or beads
– 6-8 6″ pieces of yarn or waxed thread or twine
– a stick that is longer than your plate
-glue gun or staples
-hole punch

Decorate your plates on the bottom side of the plates.  While holding the plates together, with decorated side out, punch holes evenly around the edge of plates. If your pictures/decorations have a top and bottom, punch your holes along the sides of the pictures/decorations, leaving a space at bottom for the stick. Thread a piece of string through the matching holes on each plate. Then tie a knot against the plate, thread a button or bead onto string and tie it at the end away from the plate. I think our buttons are about 3″ away from the plates. Once your buttons are tied on, put the stick in between the plates. Your stick should go to the top of the plates and stick out the bottom for the handle. Glue stick in place at top and bottom. Use the glue gun to glue the plates together.

Hold your bead drum by the handle and turn your hand, making the bead drum turn from side to side. The buttons should swing out and in, hitting the plates making a drumming sound :)

Here are some ways to make this craft a little bit easier, that I thought of after we had finished our bead drums. :)

After you decorate your plates, hot glue the stick to the top and bottom of one of the plates. Then staple the plates together. This will make it easier to punch the holes and have them line up better. Place your holes evenly along each side of the plates. Buttons along the top will not really make the drum sound, so you don’t need holes at the top or too close to your stick.

Hopefully this tips above will make it a bit easier for you to make these bead drums, as they are quite fun to play with :)

This is a fun instrument to play with, although we found it a bit tricky to make. Sammie loves to fan hers up and down and get the buttons to drum that way :)

If you have any other tips one how this craft might be made easier, please share with me :) I would love to hear them

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Noisy Week: Popsicle Stick Xylophones

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We have been having lots of fun sharing our Noisy Week musical instruments :) We have shared our Egg Shakers, Jingle Bell Bracelets and our Tin Can Balloon Drums. Today we will be sharing our Popsicle stick xylophones :)

I found the idea for these at Teach Preschool. I just her blog, so many great ideas and crafts there :)

To make these xylophone, you will need:
-6 Popsicle sticks. We used the larger tongue depressor size
– paint, crayons, markers, whatever you want to decorate your sticks with. The girls used markers
-glue. Hot glue would probably work best, if anyone is in a rush to play with them lol
-chopstick or some kind of stick to play on it with. You could also use the hammer from a store bought xylophone set

Colour at least 4 of the Popsicle sticks. The girls didn’t want to colour the other two sticks, as they go under the other sticks and wouldn’t really be seen.

Glue the undecorated sticks in a V shape, with the bottom not quite as wide as your decorated sticks. Then glue the 4 decorated sticks evenly on top of your V shape.

Then hammer away at the sticks and see if you can hear the difference each stick makes :)

These xylophones don’t sounds quite as good as store bought xylophones, but they still made enough noise to keep my kids happy :) There is a slight difference in the sound each stick makes. Maddie discovered that running the stick up and down the Popsicle sticks makes a cool noise.

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Noisy Week: Egg Shakers

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So far for Noisy Week, I have shared our Jingle Bell Bracelets and our Balloon/ Tin Can Drums. Today I will be sharing our Easter Egg Shakers :)

I found this idea at MADE blog. They used tape to hold the spoons to the egg instead of glue.

To make these shakers, you will need:
-empty plastic Easter eggs
-two plastic spoons for each shaker
-something small to put in each egg. We used dried peas and millet
-hot glue gun

Put some of your filling inside one half of the egg. For the eggs that we put the millet in, we used a little bit of hot glue to block the little holes in the ends of the eggs. I was worried that the millet would leak out of the holes.
Close the eggs. We sealed the openings with hot glue to keep the eggs from opening and spilling everywhere.
Glue two spoons to the eggs, placing the egg in the cup part of the spoons. Place spoons across from each other. We found the glue didn’t work that well, as our spoons keep falling off. We were using a low temp glue gun, so maybe a high temp gun might work better.
Once the glue cools and is dry, start shaking them and making music :)

This was a fun craft :) The girls love the shaking noise from them. Sammie really liked how the different fillings made different noises. Austin was playing with them as well. He would hold one in each hand and crawl around, making them shake and rattle as he moved around. He kept laughing as he made them make noise :)

We found that the hot glue didn’t work very well for holding the spoons onto the eggs. As I said above, we used a low temp glue gun, so a high temp might work better. If we make these again, I might try that or maybe try tape.

The shakers still work, even if they are not on the spoons :)

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Noisy Week: Jingle Bell Bracelets

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It’s Noisy week here this week and I’ve been sharing our home made musical instruments. Yesterday I shared our Balloon/Tin Can Drums, that the girls really like :)

Today I will share a very quick and easy musical instrument, Jingle Bell Bracelets. I found the instructions for these jingle bell bracelets at Storytime Songs.

To make these bracelets, you will need
-at least 5 bells
-2 pipe cleaners

Thread the bells evenly onto one of the pipe cleaners. Then wrap the second pipe cleaner around the first one. We wrapped a bit tighter around the bells to help hold them in place. Join the ends together by wrapping them around each other. I tried to make sure the sharp end were hidden and not sticking out, so that no one got scratched.

The girls each made two of the bell bracelets, one for their wrist and one for their ankle. We had to make Sammie’s wrist bracelet small to fit her wrist, so we spaced the bells fairly close together and overlapped the ends of the pipe cleaners, wrapping them together to make the bracelet smaller.

These bracelets were fun and easy to make :) Sammie loved making the bells jingle as she walked around and shook her foot and arm. Maddie gave Austin one to play with it and he loved shaking it and hearing the bells jingling. :)

Be sure to come back tomorrow for more of our Noisy Week and another musical instrument :)

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