Friday, 17 August 2012

Guest Post: How to make foam castanets

Every child loves to make music. Now they can have fun making their own instrument. Foam is the perfect material for this as it springs back so the castanets work really well. Below is a great tutorial provided by who offer foam cut to size.

You will need:

  • Foam sheets
  • Stick-on jewels, sequins, etc for decoration
  • 4 x two-penny pieces
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Step 1

Cut an oval shape out of a sheet of purple foam. Fold in half to check that both sides are the same.

Step 2

Cut a smaller oval out of yellow foam, then glue it onto the purple oval.

Step 3

Cut out some small triangles from pink foam and use to decorate.

Step 4

Add some jewels or sequins for extra decoration.

Step 5

When you are happy with the decoration, turn the oval over and glue the two-penny pieces to the top and bottom. Make sure that they line up when the oval is folded.

Making these cheerful castanets is a perfect activity for a child’s party. The children can all decorate them differently and then enjoy playing them all together. Wooden buttons can be used instead of coins to create a different sound. Try it with the kids this summer and see what designs you can come up with. This tutorial was created thanks to

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