Activity Plan Mixed Ages: Tin Pan Tambourines
Get the rhythm going with these homemade instruments.
- Grades: PreK–K
- small tin pie plates
- hole punch
- large buttons
- rice, dried beans, or small buttons
- collage materials
Objective: Children will develop fine-motor skills, sensory awareness, and creative-thinking skills as they create tambourines.
In Advance: Collect enough small tin pie plates so that each child will have two. Hold two tins together and use a hole punch to make matching holes in each pair of pie plates.
1 Explain to children that they will each make a tambourine to use when they have group singing and dancing time.
2 Place a variety of large buttons in a small container Provide each of the children with two pie plates and yarn. Assist them in stringing the yarn into the corresponding holes of the pie plates. Older children can string buttons onto their yarn before connecting each hole. Younger children may need the assistance of an adult or older child to sew their pans together. Before the pans have been completely sewn shut, invite the children to place rice, beans, or small buttons into the tin. Finish sewing the tins together and secure with a knot.
3 Provide children with collage material and glue to decorate their tambourines. Use tissue paper, fabric or wrapping paper scraps, yam, or pictures cut out of magazines.
4 Invite children to play their tambourines. Choose a favorite song and ask children to follow the rhythm using their tambourines. Children can also play their tambourines while dancing to their favorite recorded music.
5 Display children's creations for families to view at the end of the day. Children can create other types of instruments and develop a box of handmade rhythm instruments to use in their classroom or in their family day care setting.
Language/Math: Use the tambourines to engage children in activities that help them to hear and learn about syllables. Show children how to tap out the beats in their names using their tambourines. How many beats are in each of their names? Invite children to think of other words and to count the syllables and beats in each word. Older children can create a graph depicting each of their names and the number of beats in each name.