An empty plastic
milk or soda jug.
beads, shells, or other small trinkets, each with a hole large enough
for the string.
is great to do while you're listening to music!)
make a braid out of three long strings. Tie your braid like a
loose collar around the top of your jug.
cut twelve (or more) strings that are FIVE TIMES the length of
the jug from very top to very bottom.
over each string so it is double. Put the loop over the braid,
and pull the ends through. Now tie a knot so the strings will
stay in place. Do that to each string, in even intervals around
take one bead and string it on the right string of a pair. Take
another string and put it on the left string of the pair next
to it. Tie those strings together, not too tight! Keep going,
all the way around the jug till you've done a whole row! Try to
keep the spaces even between the knots. Now start again and do
another row. Keep going and going until you reach the bottom of
the end, make another braid and tie all the strings to it, leaving
the braid about as big a circle as the top one was. Now trim the
ends of the strings. Keep it loose so the beads make sound when
you shake it. If you hit the bottom of your jug with your palm,
listen to the sound it makes!
Pie Pan Tambourine
is both a drum and a shaker. Make one from stuff you find around
two aluminum foil pie pans -- the kind from frozen pies.
them together with the bottoms facing out. Use duct tape, packing
tape or stapes to fasten the edges together halfway around, making
a handful of dry rice, popcorn or beans in the pocket.
the rest of the way around the edge.
with stickers, feathers, strips of paper fastened around the edges,
or whatever you like.
Shake it! Slap
A small box,
plastic container or hollowed gourd for each child
or packaging tape
the "body" (box, plastic container or hollow gourd) of your instrument
on your desk
6 strings from fishing line. Each piece should be long enough
to be flattened from one end of the container to the other.
fasteners or tape, secure each piece of line so that its
long enough to strum.
of Aimee Ganble and Dr. Judith Borelli-Caldwell for World Arts West.