DIY Toddler Percussion Set

Toddlers cannot get enough of smacking or shaking the crap out of things. The end result is usually a broken...whatever they've managed to get their hands on. Box. Toy. Remote. Cell phone. #byebyeiPhonescreen

As a result of some very, very close calls, I made Tyler a percussion set that, should she break any component, wouldn't make me cry the tears of someone who spent money on a toy, just to watch it break in under 60 minutes. The result is below, and it was the single easiest Naptime Craft I've done. 

...and it was free.

Can I get an Amen?!

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies. 
This might take a bit if, like, me, you want to use things you have around the house. This set was made of an empty diaper box, oatmeal container, espresso bean container and two puffs containers. Clearly I went Big Time, here.

You'll also want to get some ingredients to make noise inside the containers. I went with a rice blend, but after making other "shakers" to add to the collection, I highly recommend dry pasta noodles. Much louder, MUCH easier clean up, if the tops come off. 

To prevent the loss of rice/noodle/whatever, I'd also grab some superglue, as well as paint, if you'd like to make things colorful. I used craft paint I already had in the house from other projects.

Step 2: Clean the inside of the containers, tape the box shut, add the noise makers, SUPER GLUE THE TOPS ON TIGHT. 
That last part is clutch. 

Step 3: Get to painting.
Painting the box, oatmeal and espresso bean container was no problem. After finishing this project, I would NOT suggest painting the puffs containers. Even after removing the plastic film around the outside of each container, the paint still peeled. If you're like me and you're not keen on your child playing with toys where craft paint comes'll end up taking those shakers out of rotation. I replaced them with two clear plastic iced tea bottles, one filled with rice, the other with pasta. They're really popular AND travel well when you need a distraction for your little one (if you're in a place where noise isn't an issue). 

Step 4: Once the paint dries and your little wakes from their nap...add some wooden spoons and let them get down to business! 


Lindsay Sweeting was in the world of Marketing and Publicity in her previous life. These days you're more likely to see her running after her toddler than running a meeting, but she does her best to find time to create new recipes, come up with fun activities for her daughter, and write about the craziness that is life in the Sweeting house.

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