Rainbow Ribbon Shakers


Last week, I had the extreme pleasure of making a musical craft with a group of children.  I love making musical instruments.  Not only are they economical, but the process of making a functional craft is really fun to do.  I was inspired to make this shaker by a preschool class who visits me often for music time with their rhythmic ribbons that they use to connect body movement to the beats of the music we make together.  I thought that it would be so cool if they could attach their ribbons to a shaker, and therefore, not only would they be involved by moving to the music, but they also would be involved by adding sound to our music.

In my list of Top 10 instruments that promote music education in the home (Click HERE to check out the list), I have nothing of the sort.  Of course, I have shaker eggs on the list, but I love the idea of taking shakers one step further and adding this extra element.

You will need the following materials:

— 1 plastic container with a lid…a relatively small size

— 1 hair elastic

–dried beans…a couple of handfuls will do

–4 ribbons of various colors

–Stickers to decorate

Here are the materials laid out for the children at our craft time last week…

Shaker Ribbon Materials

Take a couple of handfuls of dried beans and place them in the plastic container.  Put the lid on.  Tie 4 ribbons onto the hair elastic, and slide the elastic to fit tightly over the plastic container.  Now, decorate your container with stickers.  Voila!  You will have a really cool shaker that looks something like this:

Ribbon Shaker2

And now for a fun activity!

Freeze Dancing

I have never met a kid who didn’t love freeze dancing.  It’s simple, you turn on music and dance.  Whenever the music stops, the “dancer” freezes like a statue.  In this case, the dancer can be dancing with the ribbon shaker and shaking the beans inside in time to each song.  As the child shakes the shaker, the ribbons will naturally follow, so they should be encouraged to shake the shaker up high in the air, down low, in a circle….whatever way to make the ribbons look visually interesting.  Try putting on music that is fast, slow and has different timings.  Your child will be moving their bodies to the rhythm of the music and will be adding fun shaky sounds to the music all while having a great time.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s Top 10 Tuesday musical activity.  Don’t forget to check back next week for some more fun.  Until then, play on!


About tucsonsongstress

I am a music teacher for children ages 6-weeks-old - 8th grade. I am also a camp songleader and a Jewish music specialist with and without my husband who is known as Shabbat Scott. We love singing with people of all ages all over Tucson. My "song of the day" idea originally started by playing music challenges on Facebook. I loved choosing songs, and my friends seemed to love reading and listening to my choices. I have decided to continue a daily blog (or as daily as I can manage) and tell you all some stories through some songs that have touched me either in wonderful ways or by annoying the heck out of me. Hope you all enjoy this blog! Happy singing!

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