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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Make a Joyful Noise with a Bean Tambourine

Here’s a fun little extra to go with the Rhyming Books unit I posted last month.  When our Picture Book Club met, we made bean tambourines.

Make a Bean Tambourine!  Sticker download included from Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

Not just because they rhyme, but because they seemed appropriate for our memory verse:

Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 5:19-20

The kids loved making these.  They loved being able to decorate them in their own way.  And they loved the streamers (streamers are optional, of course).  This craft was a big hit with all (ages of our group were 2-8).

Make a Bean Tambourine!  Sticker download included from Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

Psst…this is an adult made sample.  Results will vary. Winking smile


For each tambourine, you need:

  • 2 firm paper plates (we used the bigger sized color colored party plates from Walmart)
  • 1 “Sing and make music…” sticker (download link below)
  • crayons or markers
  • crepe paper streamers cut into 12” lengths
  • a stapler (make sure yours clears the “hump” of your plates ok, one of mine didn’t)
  • a handful of dried beans (I used pintos)

1.  Download the “stickers.”  I actually did use sticker paper because I happened to have it, but you could print on plain paper and then glue stick it in place.  Cut out the circles (I recommend doing this ahead).

2.  Have the kids decorate the backside of 2 plates, adding the sticker if they like.

3.  Put about a handful of beans into one plate.  Put the other one on top of it so that the cupped sides are facing and staple around the edge.  Make sure your staples are close enough together that the gaps are not big enough to allow beans to escape.

4.  If you want streamers, fold them in half and then staple them to the edge where you like them.

5.  Optional:  punch a hole the edge so you can hang it up.

Real kid bean tambourine015

Here’s Emma’s tambourine.

Now, make a joyful noise!

Download free copywork for Ephesians 5:19-20 in various fonts here.

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  1. Thank you for sharing this! I'm going to have to make it with my kids. They'll love it!

    I found your post through the Blogging Homeschoolers FB page.

  2. These look like good fun. I love the streamers!

  3. Thank you, ladies. This craft was a big hit with our elementary book club.


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