Buzzing Bee Noisemaker

Buzzing Bee Noisemaker

Preschool kids will need some grown-up assistance getting started, but kids of all ages (and grown-ups!) can't resist playing with this very noisy buzzing bee! It's not just a toy, though--it's also a fun way for kids to explore how vibrations create sound.

Ages:
3 - 9
Est. Time:
<1 hour

How we did it:

Materials List

  1. scissors
  2. index card paper
  3. jumbo craft stick
  4. sticky-back foam
  5. rubber bands
  6. twine
  7. markers
  8. googly eyes (optional, but everything is better with googly eyes)
  1. Start by cutting the index card into a square a couple inches shorter than the craft stick.

  2. Now it's time to decorate your bee. We went for black and yellow stripes with googly eyes, but feel free to decorate however you like.

  3. When you're happy with your bee, flip it over so it's face-down on the table. Cut a long, thin strip of sticky foam and use that to attach the card to the stick.

  4. Now cut four squares of the craft foam, sized so they fit over the end of the craft stick. Tape two squares onto both ends of the craft stick.

  5. Tie the yarn onto one side of the craft stick--the sticky foam will hold it in place while the bee spins.

  6. Finally, stretch the rubber band over the craft stick, making sure it's not twisted. We tested several, and discovered that the rubber band needs to be really tight around the stick. It's also important that the rubber band is wider than it is thick--narrow rubber bands won't buzz.

  7. We tested several, and discovered that the rubber band needs to be really tight around the stick. It's also important that the rubber band is wider than it is thick--narrow rubber bands won't buzz.