STREAM Activity: Create Your Own Tambourine

Time to shake things up!

Activity best for children ages 2 and up

This craft is for all of our budding musicians out there, or anyone who just likes to make a little bit of noise! Today we will be making our very own tambourines.

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Paper plate


Pipe cleaners

Jingle bells

Guiding Questions:

What is your favorite music to listen to?

What are ways we can make music together?


Step 1

Start by gathering your materials!

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Step 2

Flip your plate over to the back. Using your markers, color the plate. Color circles in rainbow order to get a rainbow effect on your tambourine!

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Step 3

Fold your plate in half and punch about 6 holes around the outside edge.

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Step 4

Thread the pipe cleaners through the holes in the plate. Use the pipe cleaners to tie the jingle bells onto your tambourine.

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Step 5

Shake your tambourine and make some music!

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Grown Ups-Are you looking for more ways to extend your child’s learning? Check out these extension activities to build upon today’s STREAM activity!

Reading Connections

Music is in Everything by Ziggy Marley

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Real World Connections

Music is so important for child development! Music can help our brains and our bodies learn how to work together. Dancing and making music helps build both gross and fine motor skills. Have a dance party with your new tambourine!