What You Need:
- 2 paper plates
- Yellow acrylic paint
- Paint brush
- 2 sheets of yellow construction paper
- Safety scissors
- Green, white and red tissue paper
- Markers and/or glitter glue
- Dried beans or rice
What You Do:
- Ask your child to apply a coat of yellow paint to the bottom sides of each paper plate.
- While the paint dries, help your child measure and cut the sheets of yellow construction paper so that they are square and the same width as the plates.
- Overlap one piece of construction paper over the other, creating an 8-point star. Help your child glue them together.
- Help your child cut the tissue paper into strips, about one inch wide and four inches long.
- Ask your child to glue the strips of tissue paper around the edges of the 8-point star, alternating green, white and red strips in a clockwise direction until the entire star is trimmed.
- When you sandwich them between the paper plates, triangular corners of the paper should protrude beyond the plates. These will be the rays of the sun.
- When the plates are dry, encourage your child to decorate them with cheery pictures.
- Apply glue to the inner rim of one paper plate and attach one side of the star to it.
- Fill the second paper plate with a handful of dried beans or rice.
- Apply glue around the inner rim of the second paper plate and stick the unattached side of star to it.
- Allow the noisemaker to dry completely before your child plays with it.
For a little extra pizzazz, tie string to several jingle bells and glue or staple them around the rim of the noisemaker. If the plate is a little too large for your younger child to grasp, then try folding the plates in half and stapling them together so that you have a half-moon shape.