I spend a lot of time trying to get my reluctant three-year-old interested in art and craft and most of the time it’s a bit of an uphill battle. You can imagine how pleased I was when he declared in the back of the car recently that we should reuse the bottles that had accumulated in the back of the car and make something! We chatted about what we could use them for and finally agreed on shakers. It wasn’t a big jump to then start on a full percussion set!

What you need:


-Various clean recyclables

-Assorted grains and seeds

-A wooden spoon, stick, or ruler

-Ear plugs (optional)

How to make:


-To make the shakers, grab a bottle and fill with rice, grains, rocks, sand, basically anything that will make a noise when shaken. Your little people will love guessing what will make the loudest sound and suggesting funny things to put in the bottles. If you have a plastic funnel, use this to pour in your chosen materials. If you don’t have one, cut a semi circle of card and roll it up into a cone shape.



-You can basically use anything here. We keep several big tubs in the kitchen that I put all the fun looking, clean recyclables in. Once you start looking at everything you throw away as a potential drum or craft making material it gets hard to throw anything away! Give your little person a wooden spoon or a ruler and have them experiment banging on things to see what kind of noises they make.

Set up:

-Arrange the ‘drums’ on a mat and let the beat take over!!


The best thing about this game is that you don’t have to stick it together so you can reuse all the bits for your next DIY adventure.