Green Crafts: How to Make a Guitar Toy Out of Recycled Things, A Fun Craft Activity for Kids
Looking for a fun, simple and cheap activity to do with you kid today? Well here's one that fits the bill. Plus it has lasting appeal that will have your kid playing with it for days. Chances are you have everything you need already! Gather up a few of these recyclables and lets get started!
You Will Need...
- 1 empty tissue box
- 1 empty paper towel roll
- 3 or more rubber bands
- various decorating supplies, optional. Examples: paint, scrap paper, glue, glitter, stickers, yarn...
Don't have a tissue box? There are many other containers that will work as well! Have fun experimenting with various containers and their different sounds.
Step # 1
Take your empty tissue box and remove the plastic. Use the scissors to slightly widen the opening. Widening the opening isn't necessary so if you child is too young you can cut it for them or skip it.
Tip: Get you child's critical thinking skills going. Lay all the supplies out and guide them into figuring out how we're going to turn all this "trash" in to a guitar!
Stretch the rubber bands around the long end of the tissue box. Using different size rubber bands will create different sounds when plucked. This is a great way to introduce basic music to kids.
Tip: If you're using different sizes have your child figure out how to arrange them from thinnest to thickest. If they're wrong still put them on and pluck them in order and try to get your child to figure out for themselves it the pitches continually go up or down.
Cut 1/2-1 inch into the paper towel roll about eight times around. It should look like the picture above.
Both creativity and music are controlled by the right side of the brain.
Guitars were traditionally made out of a combination of woods and the stings were made out of animal gut. (bet you're glad were using rubber bands!)
Tissues were originally made and used by women to remove cold cream from their face (a make-up remover) When the Kleenex company surveyed and discovered most people were using them to blow their nose, they switched their focus to hygiene.
Fold out the cuts you made on the paper towel roll and lay them flat against one of the small sides of the tissue box. Use tape to secure it in place.
All Done... or Time to Decorate!
There are many benefits to doing this project with your child.
- Spending time with your child is important to their self-esteem
- Showing them that they don't need batteries to have fun
- Introduces some musical concepts
- Explores creativity
- Promotes problem solving "where does the paper towel roll go?" "how do we make it stay on?"