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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Paper mache Rattles- Kindergarten

The kindergartners made paper mache rattles after learning about Native American rattles.  We viewed a Powerpoint about the rattles used in Native American ceremonies.  The students made their own rattle which could be used for music and dancing.  We were not trying to copy the rattles, but use them for inspiration. 

Here are the steps:
1.  First, tape a paint stick to the inside of a paper plate.

2.  Put beans on the plate.

3.  Tape another plate on top.

4.  Use brown kraft paper to paper mache on top of the rattle.  Make sure everything is really secure and taped well, so no beans can escape.  (I wish I had taken more pictures of the progress of these.)

5.  Paint the wooden paint stick.
6.  Cut out a construction paper circle to fit on the top of the rattle.  Draw symbols (Native American or your own) on the paper using black marker and construction paper crayons).  Hot glue the paper to the rattle.

7.  Finally, tie on yarn, raffia, beads and feathers for added decoration.


Anonymous said...

These are fantastic, might have to make some myself. Great idea Marcia. xox Corrine

Unknown said...

Hey FABULOUS! These are totally awesome!

Unknown said...

These turned out great! Multicultural Kid Blogs is hosting a Native American Heritage Month Blog Hop/Link up (and Giveway)- these would be a great craft to include!

Unknown said...

What tribe?

Unknown said...

Thanks so much. My class of 16 and I worked for 2.5 hours to make these indigenous peoples inspired rattles. Thanks for sharing all the details of your process. We made 90 basic rattles for each kid in our French Immersion program, here in Swan River, Manitoba, Canada. Each kid made their own art circles and decorations. It was a HUGE hit.

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