Rhythm sticks are fun instruments and easy to make! You can make them out of wooden dowels or PVC piping.
Wooden Rhythm Sticks
Get a piece of wooden dowel that is about 3/4" to 1" thick and about 20" - 24" long. Cut it into two 8" to 10" pieces. Make sure you sand the ends (so there will be no rough edges). Decorate it with markers or stickers! Have fun tapping a steady beat!
PVC Piping Rhythm Sticks
Get a piece of PVC piping that is about 1/2" to 1" thick (it's really up to you for the desired thickness) and about 20" to 24" long. Cut it into two 8" to 10" pieces (if you ask nicely, someone will cut them for you at any of the home improvement stores). Depending on how thick your PVC piping is, you want to get four PVC piping end caps. This will make it easy for you to secure "smooth" ends on your rhythm sticks. You could also use electrical tape to cover the ends. Decorate it with markers or stickers. Have fun tapping a steady beat!
Check back soon! I'll be uploading a video for using the rhythm sticks with one of my favorite activities...Roly Poly!!!
The best time to get materials for egg shakers at a great price is Easter time! If that time has already passed, then just find some plastic egg shakers. Check any major store or even a craft store. Fill two plastic eggs with about 2 tablespoons of rice or lentils. Put them together and shake. Depending on how they sound, you may want to use more or less rice or lentils. Now take them apart and place a bead of hot glue around the inside edge of the top part of the egg. Place the top and bottom parts of the eggs together to seal them. For extra safety, wrap colorful masking tape around the seam of the egg. Shake away!!!
Check back soon! I'll be uploading a video of ways to use your shakers.!