How to Make a Nature Inspired Tambourine

It’s almost summer! That means outdoor play and warm weather fun. While summer is a great time for relaxation, it is important that you keep your child learning throughout the next couple months.

One way we recommend accomplishing that is through music, and what better way to create music than with your own tambourine decorated with items that can be found in your own backyard!

Music benefits anyone of any age, but it especially benefits children. Whether that is listening to their favorite song, banging on some pots and pans, or making their very own instrument. Those noises can impact self-esteem, creativity and movement – just to name a few.

Now that we know the facts, let’s have some fun!

What you’ll need:
2 Paper Plates
Hole punch
Pebbles/Pine cones/Beans
Any other decorating materials you find outside!
(We used flowers, leaves, vegetables, and chives)


First, outside look for small objects that can be used to give the tambourine sound, such as pebbles or pine cones. If you don’t have any of those available to you, we used dried beans and they worked great.


Once you’re back inside, you can hole punch your paper plates, add your rocks or pebbles to the inside, and staple the two plates together.


Now, it’s time to decorate! Let your child’s imagination soar. They can decorate both sides of their new tambourine. On ours, we used leaves and vegetables (carrots, peppers and potatoes) as stamps to put paint on the tambourine. Then, we used glue to apply flowers and leaves we found outside.


After the plates are decorated, you can weave whatever you’d like through the hole punches. We used chives, but tall grass, ribbon, or yarn are good alternatives for this part.


Now you have your finished tambourine! It’s time to make some noise!