Paper Plate Tambourine – A Fun Classic Craft

Do you remember some of the fun crafts you did as a kid? I do. I’ve always loved craft projects.

 

Let’s go on a trip down memory lane and do some of those fun classic craft projects with our own kids. Doesn’t that sound like fun?

This¬†paper plate tambourine project is a fun choice. It’s easy to make and you can make music with them after you’re done.
Make your own musical instrument with this fun classic kids craft, Paper Plate Tambourine. It's fun for preschoolers to make and play their own instrument.

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Let’s grab some craft supplies and get ready to have some fun!

 

Make your own musical instrument with this fun classic kids craft, Paper Plate Tambourine. It's fun for preschoolers to make and play their own instrument.

Supplies Needed

Paper plate (2 per tambourine)
Paint
Dried beans
Stapler
Hole punch
Ribbon

Make your own musical instrument with this fun classic kids craft, Paper Plate Tambourine. It's fun for preschoolers to make and play their own instrument.

How to make a paper plate tambourine

The first thing you want to do is decorate your paper plates. You’ll need to decorate two plates for each tambourine. Decorate the bottoms of your plates, since that will be the side facing outward.

My girls chose paint because they love every excuse that can get to throw on their smocks and start painting.

You could also use crayons, markers, stickers, or even glitter glue to decorate your plates.

Make your own musical instrument with this fun classic kids craft, Paper Plate Tambourine. It's fun for preschoolers to make and play their own instrument.

Once your paint is dry, flip one of the plates over and add a handful of dried beans.

If you don’t have any dried beans, or do not want to use a food product, you can add beads or small pebbles.

Make your own musical instrument with this fun classic kids craft, Paper Plate Tambourine. It's fun for preschoolers to make and play their own instrument.

Take your second plate and line it up over your other plate. Both of the bottom sides will be facing outward.

Use your stapler and staple along the edge all around your tambourine.

Make your own musical instrument with this fun classic kids craft, Paper Plate Tambourine. It's fun for preschoolers to make and play their own instrument.

Leave enough room in between your staples to punch a hole. We put one hole between all the staples.

Cut small pieces of ribbon and tie them in each hole. We used curly ribbon from our gift wrapping supplies and found it worked really well.

Make your own musical instrument with this fun classic kids craft, Paper Plate Tambourine. It's fun for preschoolers to make and play their own instrument.

Now it’s time to play.

Shake it.

Rattle it.

Drum it.

Or , hide behind it.

Make your own musical instrument with this fun classic kids craft, Paper Plate Tambourine. It's fun for preschoolers to make and play their own instrument.

It also works quite well if you hold it under your chin and beat it like a drum!

What was your favorite craft you made as a kid?

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Craft Stick Frames

Pom Pom Caterpillar

God’s Eye

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Terri is a writer and mom of two elementary-aged girls. She has a passion for learning and is always looking for ways to make learning fun. You can find her at Better Than Homework where she shares fun learning activities or Creative Family Fun where she shares art, craft, and family fun ideas.

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