This post is by contributor Sammie!
New Year’s Eve can be such a fun time for kids. They get to stay up late, and if they make it to midnight, they get to make a ton of noise! Today we’re going to make an easy DIY New Year’s Eve noise maker for baby to ring in the New Year! Even if your little one doesn’t make it to midnight, this is a fun activity.
(This also works for anytime of the year as a sound sensory explorer!)
To begin, you need an empty plastic container. I used an empty puffs container, but you could use a water bottle or something similar.
I rinsed mine out, dried it thoroughly, and then removed the product label. This will make sure that if baby chews on it, no little plastic pieces can come off. Make sure the inside is dry too, so you don’t have to worry about mildew on the inside of the container.
The next step is to find some things that will be lightweight, but will make some fun noise inside the container. I found some small buttons, rice, wooden beads, and some jingle bells! I only put a small amount of each item in the container, so it’s not too heavy for baby.
Use a funnel to get small items into your container without making a mess. This is especially helpful if you’re using a small mouthed bottle like a water bottle. Remember, you only need to add just enough items to the bottle to make noise when it’s shaken. Don’t overfill!
After all your items are in the container, use a hot glue gun to glue the lid on. This will make sure the lid doesn’t come off and spill tiny items everywhere. Keep the glue amount small, so it doesn’t squish out the edges of the lid. This also keeps your NYE noise maker from being a choking hazard!
When the glue is cool and dry, you can give it to baby to test out! We had just finished snack time, and my little one loved it! It was hard to get a picture, because she kept shaking it! As you can see, one of the first things she did was to try and chew on the lid, so, gluing that down is really an important step. Enjoy your noise maker with your little one, and Happy New Year!
About the Author:
Sammie is a wife, mom-of-two, and long-term lover of kids and hands-on activities! She loves learning through play, and allowing kids to learn without knowing they’re learning. She enjoys singing, reading, being outdoors, and going to the beach. She’s a jack (or Jane!) of all trades, and the master of none. She has project ADHD and can’t ever stick to creating the same thing over and over. She also believes that learning isn’t something boring, or something that fades with age, but is something that should happen every single day, for the rest of our lives!