Since the ringing of the Liberty Bell in 1776, Independence Day has been filled with many celebratory sounds, from fireworks to cannon shots to patriotic music. Help your kids make a little noise with these easy and fun noisemakers to join in the festivities this Fourth of July holiday.
- Two 9-inch paper plates
- Red and blue paints if using white plates (or save yourself the step of painting by using red and blue plates)
- Paintbrush or foam brush
- Hole puncher (optional)
- Thin red ribbon
- Four each of red, white and blue pony beads
- Sticker Stars (or can use star foam shapes and white paint)
What to do:
- Paint and decorate bottoms of two plates in patriotic colors and patterns. I painted one white plate with red stripes and the other plate solid blue and had my daughter cover with star stickers.
- Align the two plates together with the bottoms facing outward. Punch or poke a hole through both plates on opposite sides.
- Cut two 20-inch pieces of red ribbon. Thread each through the holes to tie the plates together on opposite sides.
- Thread a red, white and blue pony bead on each ribbon; tie a large knot at the end of the ribbon so beads don't slide off.
- Shake the noisemaker back and forth to make noise as the beads hit the plates.