I have yet to meet a child who does not like to make noise and this little girl follows after her siblings in the noise department! She fell in love with another version of a Homemade Noise Maker that we had in the kiddos toy box, but it was not very sturdy or baby proof. So, one afternoon her siblings made a couple of fun colorful ones just for her…although, I find the older kiddos playing with them a lot, too.
These are a fun and easy craft (and activity) to put together. You most likely have all the supplies you need already in your pantry.
What You Need:
- Empty water bottle
- Dry beans, corn kernels, macaroni, etc. for a filler
- Fun accents like buttons, sequins, jewels or anything else colorful (optional)
- Hot glue gun
Step 1: Choose, empty and thoroughly dry your chosen water bottle. We picked the smallest water bottle we could find. The plastic is a little thiner, but it makes the fun crackling noise when squished that she loves. If you want a thicker plastic bottle there are a few brands of soda that have a small size that will work. TIP: A pencil will help push a paper towel around to dry your bottle faster if you did not plan ahead of time (like us) to let it air dry.
Step 2: Choose your main noise maker. Dry beans, macaroni noodles, kernels, rice, etc. are all great choices.
Step 3: Fill the bottles about half way full with your filler of choice. In our case, we chose macaroni noodles and corn kernels. If you want it to take a long time, use it to count numbers or use it as a sensory experience (to name a few ideas), you can have the kiddos fill the bottle by hand one piece at a time. TIP: Make sure you do not fill your bottle too much or it will not be able to make maximum “shake” sound.”
And when you are ready to speed it up you can use a funnel. Don’t have a funnel? Roll a piece of paper in a cone and cut the tip off so that it is smaller than the bottle opening and large enough to let the filler slide through.
Step 4: Add your fun accents and color. We went for buttons ….
And jewels. I bet you can guess who picked the jewels. Yup, her big sister!
Step 5: When you are finished filling the bottle use a hot glue gun to seal the lid on so no one accidentally opens it back up. Add a little glue around the inside of the lid and quickly screw the lid on the bottle to dry!
Step 6: Once dry, enjoy your creativeness!
And play, play, play! She sure loves her new toys!