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Homemade Tambourine

an illustration of a purple, pink, and yellow tambourine

Have you enjoyed making instruments this week from objects you have at home? Let’s keep it going with a homemade tambourine.

This activity is pulled from our Virtual ExCEL Camps happening summer of 2020! While these activities are written to fit into the larger lesson plan of the camp themes, you can complete them with your little one at any time. Learn more about our Virtual ExCEL Summer Camp here!

Appropriate Age Range: Any

Materials Needed:

  • paper or plastic plate
  • yarn or string
  • bells or beads
  • hole punch
  • stickers or markers to decorate the plate (optional)


Try looking these words up if your child is unfamiliar with them: loud, soft, high, low, fast, slow, left, right.


  1. Punch holes around the outside of the paper plate.
  2. Tie beads or bells to one end of the pieces of yarn. Tie the other end through the holes in the paper plate.
  3. Decorate the plate if that’s something you enjoy! You can use stickers or markers to make a visual decoration or glue/puffy paint for a tactile decoration.
  4. Use your tambourine to join your favorite music. Work on concepts like high and low, fast and slow, up and down, left and right.




Andrea Amestoy, Registered Nurse/Teacher of the Blind and Visually Impaired outreach and Certified Orientation and Mobility Instructor at Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and Blind

Jessica Chamblin, Teacher of the Blind/Visually Impaired. I have worked in the field of Deafblindness for five years in a variety of roles including Interpreter, PCA, Intervener and TBVI. I work for Intermediate School District 917 in Rosemount, Minnesota. I have completed the Intervener training series provided by the Minnesota Deafblind Project and currently serve on the Deafblind Community of Practice for the State of Minnesota.

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