Make A Tambourine

Pre Prep Activity
Creative Play


Music ignites all areas of child development all at once: intellectual, social and emotional, motor, language and overall literacy. Music helps the body and the mind work together and exposing children to music when they are young helps them learn the sounds and meanings of words. Dancing to music helps children build motor skills while allowing them to practice self-expression. For children and adults, music helps strengthen memory skills.

What you need?

  • 2 x paper plates for each participant
  • Staplers and spare staples
  • Something to decorate tambourines: stickers, pens, crayons etc.
  • Mat and cushions to sit on


1. Place macaroni or other noise maker on one plate.

2. Put the second plate on top and staple around the edges.

3. Decorate plates.

4. Shake along to your favourite song!

Make a Tambourine

Extension of the activity

  • Add more complex decorations to the tambourines such as ribbons.
  • Ask children to choose ‘how’ to play (loud/soft etc.).
  • Combine two concepts at once for playing the tambourine (e.g., fast and soft at the same time).
  • Make different instruments such as shakers out of drink bottles filled with pebbles, and put them all in a ‘music box’ to play before story time each week at playgroup.