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Buzzing Bee Noisemaker

Buzzing Bee Noisemaker
Messiness: Low
Age Range: 3y - 9y
Estimated Time: <1 hour

Activity Designer

Ryan Pilat
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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.

How We Did It

Buzzing Bee Noisemaker
Start by cutting the index card into a square a couple inches shorter than the craft stick.
Buzzing Bee Noisemaker

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.

Buzzing Bee Noisemaker

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.

Buzzing Bee Noisemaker
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.
Buzzing Bee Noisemaker

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

Buzzing Bee Noisemaker

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.

Buzzing Bee Noisemaker

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.

Keywords

insects

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