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Tambourine with recycled material to make with children at Christmas

Tambourine with recycled material to make with children at Christmas

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The tambourine is a very typical percussion instrument at Christmas. Children love to shake it and slap it with the palm of their hand while singing Christmas carols, so as it can make a fantastic gift, in our site we want to take advantage of the occasion and teach you how to make a funny tambourine with recycled material that will generate fun and joy among your children during these holidays.


  • 2 colored plastic plates
  • colored curly cardstock
  • Glue stick
  • Pencil and ruler
  • Cutter or scissors
  • Colored wool
  • Badges and bells
  • Drill
  • Hot glue gun
  • Pliers
  • Awl and hammer

The organization of this craft for children is simple. We encourage you to prepare a family Christmas workshop, or even invite some of your children's friends to make the tambourines together.
Your school holidays are the perfect occasion! Thus they will enjoy one of those magical and unforgettable moments that occur during these dates.

We advise you to provide them with a variety of materials, for example, plates, cardboard and wool of different colors. By being able to choose, they will show more interest, and we will be promoting the development of their autonomy, their ability to work in a group, and their creativity.

Also, do not forget that music is a fabulous tool to work on emotions with children. It is proven that from a very young age, children are naturally attracted to music and we can use it to influence their moods in a positive way, but not only that Playing a musical instrument is also very positive! It is, therefore, an activity that provides great benefits not only emotionally, but also physically, cognitively and socially.

What do you think if we start with the explanation step by step so that you can guide them? Take note, it's a lot of fun!

1. To make a recycled Christmas tambourine, start by using glue stick to glue two plates together. We have used red plates, but your tambourine model can be yellow or green, whatever you like! This piece will simulate the head or membrane of the tambourine.

2. To make what will be the ring or frame of the tambourine, you have to use the curled cardboard, which can be the color you want. Cut out two strips measuring 5 cm high x 50 cm wide, and draw two horizontal lines on each of them, on the smooth side. Make the first line 1 cm from the top edge and the second one 1.5 cm from the bottom edge.

Afterwards, you have to draw a kind of small windows in the central strip; 6 in total. Draw the first little window 5 cm from the left margin; Each window must be 5 cm long, and you must leave 2 cm of distance between each one of them, as we show you below.

3. To continue creating your tambourine that will serve as a model, cut out the windows. You can do it with a utility knife or scissors. If young children are going to participate in this activity, you can practice the punch technique, and if you don't have an punch, you can use the tip of a pencil that is well sharpened. Remember that these steps, depending on the ages of the children, must be done by an adult or supervised to avoid accidents.

When you have finished cutting out all the windows, glue the two strips together on the smooth side. Then you have to make a hole with the hole punch under each of them, making sure that you make them in the middle. These steps are a bit more technical, but we are about to finish our tambourine rim and are going to prepare the caps and bells!

4. You can use only badges or only bells, but we recommend mixing the two materials to achieve a different sound from the tambourines that we can find in the store, so it will be more original! If you have a bad tambourine, you can substitute this step and use its rattles or rattles to recycle them and give them a second life.

To prepare the veneers you will need a hammer. Start by using the hammer to drive the awl into the center of a sheet and make a hole through which you can put 2 strands of wool, then hold the sheet with the help of pliers and start hitting it until it is flat.

You will need 6 badges. This step must be carried out on a suitable work area. For example, on a stone countertop, or by placing a kitchen board on a wooden table, or on the floor. Once the veneers are prepared, cut 6 strands of wool that are 30 cm long, this length will allow you to work more comfortably. Insert the yarn through the holes you made in the cardboard frame and tie them with a couple of knots.

5. In the first window you can place a bell, for this you have to insert the two ends of the wool through its hook, and then tie the wool at the top of the frame making 2 or 3 knots. In the second window you can place plates; The plates go from 2 to 2 and you have to place them in a way that matches and collides their outer part, one face up and another face down.

When you finish filling the frame with plates and bells, cut the excess wool, place the plates face up, and use the hot glue gun to stick the cardboard by its lower edge to the plates that will make the membrane, flush with the windows.

You have a very nice tambourine! You just need to decorate it with a drawing or an image. To decorate the tambourine you can draw pictures or look for images of Santa Claus, a nativity scene, angels, shepherds or the Three Wise Men. Make sure that the selected drawing is the same size and shape as the outside of the plate, and glue it on the outside with glue stick.

Time to play Christmas carols and enjoy the instruments we just made! But in addition, we are going to review all the benefits that this fun Christmas activity will bring to your children.

- As it is a craft, contributes to the development of fine motor skills, since their coordination and precision skills work.

- Encourage your imagination and creativity. These aspects are very important because thanks to them they train your brain, especially the right hemisphere, related to a large extent with emotions, musical sense and the ability to make hypotheses and propose new ideas, among other no less important characteristics.

- Increases your ability to concentrate, something that every day is becoming more complicated due to excess activities and the excessive and inappropriate use of technology. Lack of concentration can negatively influence school performance, but crafts bring them back to their focus of attention, patience, and perseverance.

- Promotes your teamwork skills because they learn what it means to collaborate through experimentation, that is, asking for help, for example, cutting, sharing glue, or asking what color will look best.

- Improves relationships with family and friends. Sharing this type of project is sharing quality time where children tend to turn, improving their communication skills and, therefore, their personal relationships.

- In addition, by making our own tambourine with recycled material, we have learned the importance of taking actions and acquiring habits that help preserving the environment.

- We have also learned what parts this instrument is made of, what kind of instrument it is and how it is used; and we have opened a door to the musical world, a world that promotes emotional well-being and healthy social skills, improves cognitive, motor skills (gross and fine), strengthens language skills, encourages creativity and patience, and provides continuous learning.

We wish you happy holidays!

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