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New Year’s Eve Noise Makers

Make some noise for the new year! These noisemakers are fun and easy to make and a great way to celebrate the new year! They’re also a nice way to reuse leftover dried corn kernels, beans, rice or beads. Children will love to decorate their own noisemaker to ring in the new year!

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Celebrate and ring in the new year with this DIY noisemaker for children!

Turn your average afternoon of crafting into a fun one to celebrate the new year! These DIY noisemakers are easy to make and kids will love filling them up with various odds and ends to celebrate the new year. Save those little bits of dried goods to make this craft. No two noisemakers will look or sound the same.

♻️Reduce and Reuse: Need to buy a lot of corn kernels or beans for this activity? Use the leftovers in a sensory bin to eliminate waste!

❗Be Careful! These small objects inside the noisemaker could become a choking hazard to young children. Keep an eye out on them when they’re playing with them! 

🍬 New Ideas! Revamp this craft for any holiday to celebrate. Red and pink for Valentine’s, bright colors for birthdays, the possibilities are endless!


For this activity you will need:

Dried goods such as beans, legumes, rice, corn kernels or beads.

Paper plates

Markers, stickers, paint, anything to decorate your plates!

Popsicle sticks

Hot glue gun (to be used by the adult)

Learning Outcomes




Auditory exploration


Making sounds by shaking and banging objects


Step 1:

Start by collecting your dried goods and deciding what and how much of each should be added to the noisemaker. Set this pile aside.

Step 2:

Next, decorate your paper plates with paint, markers, stickers etc.

Step 3:

Place your paper plate flat (design side down) on a flat surface and fill your plate with the materials you decided to use inside the noisemaker. 

Step 4: 

Using the hot glue gun, have the adult put a bit of glue on the popsicle stick and stick it to the plate rim to be the handle.

Step 5:

Next, put a ring of glue along the outside of the paper plate and place the other plate on top. 

Step 6:

Once everything is dried and sealed closed, shake your noisemaker!

⬆️ For older preschoolers: Introduce the concept of weight into the activity. Using a scale, see if children can make equal piles of dried goods for their noisemakers.

⬇️ For younger toddlers: This activity is a great way to introduce children to making a beat and keeping rhythm!

Playful Questions

What happens if we shake the noisemaker up and down?

What happens when we put a blanket over our noisemaker and shake it?

Can you shake your noisemaker to the beat of a song?

Can you make a BIG noise with your noisemaker?

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