Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Letter X is for Xylophone

We are almost done with the Alphabet!! Letter X was a really difficult one, but we found some great ideas on the Internet. X is for Xylophone! First we made a Xylophone using toilet paper rolls...this is not a Xylophone that's really going to make music but the idea is to create, use your imagination and have fun! This is how we did it:


We used 4 toilet paper rolls (We made the rolls each time smaller. The 2 littlest ones, are the part of the third and fourth roll. You can use scotch to close them)

All we needed was:

  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Paint
  • Glue
  • Jumbo sticks
  • Needle
  • Yarn
  • Beads ( if you like)

    Before painting, I made a little hole in the toilet paper rolls. Now we can "sew" them together after they are painted.
    My daughter painted each toilet paper rolls and the sticks with a different color.

    We sewed the toilet paper rolls using the beads in this step. 
    She glued the jumbo stick on each roll (you can  match it or let your child be original...mine wanted to be creative. That's OK with me!)

    You can leave it like this and have a mobile, but we glued it on a  wrapped shoebox cover and my daughter wrote the word Xylophone all by herself! This was for me the best part of this project... :-)


    Another type of Xylophone (that actually works!) is this one! My daughter really loved this one! We used 6 glass bottles, water and food coloring.

    You just need one drop of paint and water. Pour as much water as you want. You can leave them like that or put the lid on. And now just play! 

    Isn't it cute to see the faces of your children when they realize they have just created something so cool??

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