New Year’s Craft for Kids {Noise Makers}

 {This is a re-post from last year I thought was worth sharing again.  Time to break out the paper plates!}

Graham is only 2 so he will not be staying up until midnight to ring in the New Year, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t get to celebrate!  Every new celebration means a new craft idea for me!  This year we made our own version of a noise maker that Graham can have fun with to celebrate 2010!  The beauty of this craft is that you probably have most of the materials laying around the house.


  • 2 paper plates (the sturdier the better)
  • A handful of dry beans
  • 1 streamer (you could use yarn or ribbon as well)
  • 1 dowel rod (you could use a tongue depressor or even a stick from the back yard)
  • Markers, crayons, or paint


Decorate the bottoms of your plates however you would like.  We used marker and some stickers that Graham had left over from a birthday party.

Add the beans to the inside of one of the plates and attach the dowel rod from top to bottom using tape.  Make sure a little sticks out because this is your handle.

Cut the streamer or ribbon and attach to the bottom near the dowel with tape.

Layer a thick line of glue around the rim of the plate and attach the 2nd plate on top.  Use tape to secure it around the edges.  I would give the glue at least an hour, maybe two, to completely dry before using.

Shake, shake, shake!


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Felicia Carter is founder and managing editor of Go Grow Go. Her philosophy is to simplify, save, grow and go! Her home is generally full of DIY projects, crafts, yummy baked goods and lots of love. Felicia is also a wife, mom of 2 boys and nationally certified counselor. You can always find her near the chocolate or the coffee pot.

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  1. How adorable, and a great way to get kids involved in what is usually a very adult celebration.
    Thanks for sharing and giving such detailed directions. Graham did a marvelous job!!

  2. With simple and inexpensive supplies around the house, kids can produce an art gallery, worthy of any family room! Fill a cupboard with construction paper, tempera paint, markers, pipe cleaners, colored pencils, crayons, craft foam sheets, watercolors, glue stick, white glue & children’s scissors.

  3. Great idea! I wanted to let you know that I included your link on my blog if you want to check it out:


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