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.

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Start by cutting your index card to be a little bit shorter than the craft stick. 

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 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.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 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.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 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.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    Tie the yarn to the end of the craft stick. Stretch the rubber band around the sticky foam squares on each side.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Step 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.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

  • Done!

    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.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 7

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