Noisemakers can be a lot of fun, and they’re easy to make at home using simple household supplies. This easy music instrument can even double as an ‘I Spy’ game depending on how you make it. It takes just a few minutes to make a noisemaker out of a bottle. Here’s how:
Materials and supplies:
- Plastic soda or water bottles with caps (preferably about 16-24 ounces)
- Uncooked rice, enough to fill bottles
- Beads, charms, coins, sequins, glitter, or other small items
- Small funnel
- Craft glue
- Decorations (optional)
- Clean the bottle. Wash the bottle to remove its former contents. Then, remove the label completely, including any sticky residue. Allow the bottle time to dry completely before starting this project, especially since you are filling it with dried rice. It may be a good idea to wash all of the bottles a day ahead of time.
- Fill the bottle. Place the end of your kitchen funnel into the bottle. Add rice and small objects in layers. Start out with about a cup of rice if using a regular-sized water bottle; larger or smaller bottles will require different amounts of rice. The finished bottles should be about 3/4 full, not packed, or the rice will be unable to move around and make noise. Less rice will make a louder noise maker. A fuller bottle will make a more muffled sound when you shake it.
- Test the bottle. Screw the cap on the bottle and shake the noisemaker to test its sound. If needed, add more rice or pour a little out until you’re happy with the sound.
- Glue on the cap. Since you have rice and glitter, sequins, or other small items in the bottle, glue on the cap so that it doesn’t accidentally get unscrewed and make a mess. Spread a little craft glue on the neck, and then screw the lid on tightly.
- Decorate the bottle. This step is optional, but often the most fun for kids. Decorate the bottle using acrylic paint or permanent markers. Ribbons, streamers, or other decorations can also be glued onto the outside of the bottle. Let your kids use their imagination to decorate their own unique bottle.
- Enjoy! This noisemaker is a great children’s project. Younger children will enjoy playing “I Spy” with the various shapes and objects added along with the rice, as the bottle can be rolled to reveal the hidden treasures that have been “buried” in the rice.
This noisemaker made out of a plastic bottle is easy to assemble. You can also use beads, beans, or seeds instead of rice to fill the bottle. Saving your plastic bottles for this craft is a great way to teach kids about recycling.