Make these traditional musical instruments with household materials!


  • thick cardboard
  • two bottle tops
  • craft paper cut into triangles
  • goggly eyes
  • scissors
  • hot glue
  • paint and paintbrushes
  • double-sided tape


    1. castanets-longCut the cardboard into strips. Fold the pieces in half and round off the open edges with scissors.

    2. Hot glue the bottle tops to the cardboard, trying to get them even on both sides.

    3. Decorate your cardboard! We painted ours to look like dinosaurs. When the paint was dry, we applied double sided tape where the eyes were to be placed and the triangles for the spines. Then attach the googly eyes and folded triangles to create dinosaur spines.

Amie is an early years educator, raising 3 young toddlers and a teen. She is inspired by Montessori, Reggio and Waldorf philosophies in her parenting and home learning activities. Amie shares ideas on how to play, learn and create with young children through these areas of educational thought. She is passionate about play. In her words, "Play IS learning and I love sharing how my children are learning through play on the blog Triple T Mum."

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