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How-To: DIY Noisemakers

Celebrate the power of art! Use these DIY Noisemakers to create joy with friends, family, and fellow artists. Show us your noisemaker and tag it with #CMACIVICKIDS!

What you’ll need:

  • Craft or popsicle sticks

  • Cardboard

  • Scissors

  • Hole Punch

  • Glue

  • String

  • Items that can make noise when shaken, such as buttons, bells, or pennies


1. Cut your cardboard into a circle – any size can work. Ask an adult to help if the cardboard is too thick to cut. Then, punch holes around the perimeter of your circle.

2. Attach your cardboard circle to a popsicle stick. This will act as your handle, so feel free to adjust it to your own grip!

3. Add color and design to your noisemaker, before you add the other elements.

4. Tie strings to all the holes you’ve punched around the cardboard circle. On the opposite end, carefully tie your noisemaking items. Play with the length of the string and the different objects to create your own unique sound.

5. Make some noise!

This program is supported, in part, by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. CIVICKIDS is sponsored by Google.


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