Fourth of July Noisemakers

noise Why not make some noise of your own while watching the fireworks on the 4th of July with these recycled water bottles?


  • To teach children how to use everyday objects and turn them into fun projects
  • To develop fine motor skills
  • To teach kids the colors of the American flag, incorporating this into a 4th of July theme

Before You Start: Each child will need one empty plastic water bottle. The teacher should have a roll of tinsel coil with stars on it, a supply of red/white (or silver) and blue metallic stars, a supply of marbles or beads in red and blue, and any other materials you can find in those colors that fit into the opening of the bottle.

Let's Get Started! Step 1. Have each child pull the paper wrapper from their water bottle.

Step 2. Give each child a length of the tinsel coil of about 12 inches long.

Step 3. Instruct the child to push the tinsel into the bottle so it winds and coils inside. This will make their bottles look similar to a firecracker.

Step 4. Allow each child to then count out 3 or 4 marbles, a few beads and some stars to put into their bottle.

Step 5. You can also cut up some metallic streamers from a banner and put them in the bottles.

Step 6. When the child is satisfied with what's inside their bottle, have them screw on the cap tightly then turn the bottle upside down and shake it - they really make a lot of noise!

Step 7. Tell the children they should bring their noisemakers with them when watching fireworks so that they can shake them and make their own noise every time a firework goes off!

Furthermore: Children ages 3 years and up can make these independently, but a teacher should supervise as the marbles, beads or other small objects could be swallowed by youngsters.

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