One of the “subejects” we do durring our school time is music. Mostly I use this time for two things – I play songs related to (or directly from) the bible verse we are studying that week and also to give Inara a chance to get up and move around and let some energy out. We ususally have about three short songs so about 5 minutes or so total of music time per school day.
Going into this I knew that I wanted something she could play with durring this time that we could progress to talking about rythems, sounds, pitch, etc as she learns more of music later. So, I started looking for some basic things I remembered from our talk at our first MOPS meeting LAST year, as well as just some in expensive (not too noisy) music items. I was thinking something along the lines of egg shakers/marakas, wrist bells, a kid sized tamborine etc. This is what I found:
Basically these items tended to come in large (classroom sized?) sets and were way out of the price range I was willing to spend ($30 bucks for 12 bell braclets!!) also, most of the bell things didn’t have velcro to open and close as a braclet – they were just a solid circle of webbing and I knew I wanted somthing with velcro.
I’ve since found individual eggs, wrist bell braclet things, and maracas all in the $1 to $2 price range (still a bit more than I found resonable to be honest).
So – this is what I came up with instead:
Want to make your own – how tos are after the jump:
Lets start with the eggs, because I’m guessing you (like me) probably have everything you need on hand;
As many plastic easter eggs as you want to make into shakers – I chose 4 that way my daughter and I would each have two – one for each hand haha.
Stuff to put in them to make noise – I went with rice and dried beans (I’m pretty sure these are pinto) because thats what I had in the pantry
Super glue (a gel glue would work better, but I only had the liquid)
Optional but recomended and not pictured. If your easter eggs have holes in the tops/bottoms like mine did, I’d recomend glueing a small square of paper over them on the inside to cover the holes if you’re using rice. I didn’t think about this, and now the rice shakes out the holes infrequently because it’s just the right size to do that. Optionally, skip the rice or only use eggs without holes. 🙂
Like I said, I had rice and beans (incidently my daughters favorite foods) on hand, you could also use dried lentles, small beads, bells, small pebbles, paper clips whatever you’ve got laying around – seriously.
I would let these sit undisterbed somewhere for about a day just to let the superglue fully cure before you go shaking and moving these all around – just to be on the safe side.
So – total money spent for this $0! If you needed to buy supplies, you can get eggs at easter time for around a dollar a dozen (or less on clerance after) super glue runs about $3 a tube, and rice and beans (or whatever filler) are a doller or so for a one pound bag which I would imagine would fill enough to entertain a small village. lol
Onto the wrist bells:
SUPPLIES: (sorry, prices on these are a bit fuzzy, because most of it I had on hand, and what I did buy I can’t find the reciept for anymore to give you exact costs)
Nylon belting or (in my case because it’s what I had) Super Jumbo Ric Rac. I had the ric rac on hand and thought it would look a bit cuter (plus since I already had it – it was free!) but you could use regular nylon webbing/belting or the ric rac both sold by the yard at joann’s (and other fabric stores for a couple bucks ($2 or $3 I think if I remember right) a yard. I used 8 inches each for the kid sized braclets and 10 inches each for the adult sized braclets so all together I used 1 yard total to make all 4 of mine.
Jinggle Bells can be purchased at any craft store, mine came from Michael’s and I got 14 (ish) for about $2 or $3.
Sticky Back Velcro – again can be bought by the yard at fabric stores, or in packages at Walmart – a yard is also in the $2 to $3 price range – to make 4 braclets I used 3 inches.
Lighter trust me
HOT MELT hot glue
Scissors (I used pinking sheers (the zig zag cut scissors) because it’s what I found first that day – regular ol scissors are perfectly fine!)
So the only thing I had to buy specifically for this project was the bells, the rest I eitehr already had or was buying for other thigns as well. However if you had to buy everything – including the lighter (except the scissors and the hot glue – if you don’t have hot melt the world won’t end use what you’ve got) you’d spend about $6 or so to make approximatly 4 braclets putting them at under $2 each – which is the cheepest I’ve found them!
Please keep in mind that the hot glue is not a perminant fix – Inara has already pulled the bells off one braclet. However it’s really easy to put them back on. Just keep an eye on little ones with these because the bells could be choking hazzards if not used with supervision. Again – If you make some I’d love to see them in action!