We had a hard rubbish collection round here not long ago, and when I saw an old vaccum cleaner on the side of the road, I was reminded of a session I went to at uni about making your own musical instruments. So I grabbed the vaccum cleaner hose and now we have some shakers for the kids to rock out with, with Mr on the guitar.
Here's how to do it....
You'll need a hose of some sort (I used a vaccum cleaner hose), electrical tape, rice or lentils or stones and a stanley knife.
Form a circle to decide the size of the shaker.
Cut it with the stanley knife. This is what you'll have.
Use the piece of paper to make a funnel to pour the rice/lentils/stones into the hose.
Cut about 3cm into one end of the hose. Be careful not to spill the rice/lentils/stones out the other end.
Cutting the end helps to push one end into the other end of the hose to form a circle.
Cover the join with electrical tape.
Wrap the tape around several times to make sure it's secure. You could tie ribbons or pieces of material on it for extra bling.
That's it. Not only does this reduce landfill by a little bit, the kids get to play with something they helped create and they can make beautiful-ish music! All they have to do is shake, shake, shake.
And it seemed that a bit of bouncing, jumping and rocking from side to side helps too!
For more spaces that are full of creative stuff, stop by Kirsty who is also making music...