These Bubble Wrap Print Corn Shakers are a great music craft for kids and was inspired by Paper Corn Thanksgiving Wreath by Real Life, One Day at a Time and Bubble Wrap Painting and Collage by Just for Daisy. I loved the idea of using bubble wrap printing as a way to form corn kernels! And of course I wasn’t going to let these beautiful prints go to waste so corn shakers it was! My kids loved the process of creating these fun little corn shakers and I’m sure your kids will too!
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It was raining outside so I decided to do this activity at the kitchen table. I placed a large tarp on the table to prevent paint from getting everywhere. I then rolled out the bubble wrap onto the tarp and trimmed it. Since I knew my two-year-olds would want to pick up the bubble wrap I decided to tape down all of the edges with masking tape. Then it was ready!
Making Bubble Wrap Prints
I already figured that they’d touch the bubble wrap and I am glad that they did! It gave them a fun sensory experience and also helped spread the paint around for the bubble wrap prints!
I have seen other bubble wrap painting where the bubble wrap is stamped onto the paper instead of vice versa. I think that this method of stamping the paper onto the bubble wrap is a little easier for this age (they are about to turn two-years-old). They simply had to place the paper on the painted bubble wrap, pat on it with their hands and pull the paper up to view the results! You can see from the image below that they were very excited about it!
Music Craft for Kids – Making the Shakers
Making the shakers is super simple! Empty two Pringles cans (you can decide whether or not to eat them, we took them out and put them in other containers for later). Lay the painted paper down paint side down. Put white school glue on the edges and in the middle of the paper with thin lines of glue. You don’t need a lot! Roll the paper onto the can and hold for a minute so that the paper stays in place. Once the glue is dry you can use a hot glue gun to add googley eyes and a Sharpie permanent marker to draw a smiley face. It’s now ready to be filled with pop corn!
I set up cookie sheets with a shaker, a container or pop corn kernels and a measuring spoon for each of my kids. Oh boy! Those kernels went flying everywhere! I think that it would have been a better idea to set this up inside of a large sensory bin over a blanket on the floor. The mess they made would’ve been easier to clean up and they wouldn’t have spills quite as many kernels.
Both twins, SD and SN began scooping kernels into the shaker with the measuring spoons. They then poured the kernels out and repeated the process.
My daughter, SN, quickly decided that it was much easier to put the kernels in with just her hands. Because my kids are still very young they did not understand the concept of getting the kernels into the container in order to make a shaker. I knew that this would be the case so I decided to let them “help” even though they were just having a fun fine-motor experience.
Once they decided that they were done, I put a few corn kernels inside and put the lid on. They weren’t very fond of this idea and tried to take the lid off. It’s okay! Eventually they will learn to appreciate their shakers. I think that I will bring out this music craft during music time to get them used to the idea!
Want to find out what we did with the left over painted bubble wrap? We didn’t just let it go to waste! Click the image below.
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