Every since my eldest came home from school with a book that told you how to make a shaker he has been desperate to make one. It has taken it along time to get the chance to do it, but we finally managed to make them.

This craft is quick to set up, easy to do, and guarantee to keep little ones entertained; not just with the making of it, but with making lots of noise with it once it is ready. I apologise now for any annoyance caused by the noise.

To make your own shaker you will need:

  • Plastic cups
  • Sellotape
  • PVA glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Tissue paper
  • Something to shake – rice/pasta/lentils/dried beans etc

1.  Fill one of the cups with your items to shake.

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2. Using the sellotape, stick the two cups together.

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3. Depending on the age of the little one they can either; cover the shaker in glue and then stick the tissue paper on. Or place the tissue paper onto the shaker and then gentle brush the glue on top, this will not only make it stick, but will give it a nice sheen.

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Not only did my little ones enjoy making them (and shaking them), but they loved pulling the glue of their fingers after they had finished!