Arts and Crafts: Homemade Rattle

  • Rattle arts and craft

All children from the age of about 6 months love rattles or anything that makes a noise when being thrown, shaken or hit against something. Seeing as these little blessings however get bored with the same old rattle and that buying new rattles weekly is not a financially feasible option, I have started making rattles for my Bean. My son simply loves his rattle collection and plays with these rattles daily comparing the various sounds and shapes.

 

Here is how:

 

1.    Collect and clean empty containers

You can literally choose any empty household container.It’s fun to use containers made of different materials and shapes as you want every rattle to look and feel different as well as make a different and new sound.

Always ensure that the container used is not breakable, does not have any sharp edges and is cleaned properly.

 

I have used:

  • Barocca container

  • Baking soda tin

  • Panado container

  • Ice cream tub

  • Yoghurt tubs

  • Toothpaste boxes

  • Cereal boxes

  • Store bought containers (from any plastic / packaging store eg.: Westpack or Plasticland)

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2.    Add various noise-making household goods

 

Whether it is rice, sand or buttons, throw in anything you have at home which will make a noise. Here are some examples:

  • Rice

  • Pasta

  • Quinoa

  • Lentils

  • Barley

  • Peppercorns

  • Nails

  • Buttons

  • Stones

  • Hundreds and Thousands

  • Sugar

 

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3.    Close and Seal the Containers

 

This is very important, especially if you make a rattle using items which can hurt your child or cause him or her to choke. For the containers with lids, I simply add some superglue to the inside of the lid and shut it (making sure that no excess glue escapes), thereby glueing the lid shut.

 

Another fun idea is to tape the containers with various coloured duct tape (buy some here http://www.takealot.com/duct-tape-crafts-3rd-edition/PLID40876683). This seals the rattle while adding some visual stimulation.

 

4.     Have fun and be sure to follow us for more easy arts and crafts ideas.

 

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Alexa

Alexa A wife and mom, Alexa is an avid traveller always on the lookout for a new adventure. She is a high energy, natural influencer and inspiration to those around her. Although she has based her career on sales and marketing, she studied politics, philosophy and economics. A passion for writing has led her to blog on Things to do with Kids and on her personal blog called ‘Sleepless in Jozi”, which is focused on life as a mommy, travelling and generally being a busybody. In her free time, Alexa loves spending quality time with her family, the outdoors, reading a good book and exploring new restaurants, markets and activities. 

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