A Week of Dr. Seuss: Thing 1 and Thing 2 Music Shakers

Trevor loves Thing 1 and Thing 2, so I wanted to make an activity that included them to finish off the week.  After a lot of thought I decided to create Thing 1 and Thing 2 music shakers.  Trevor thought these were pretty neat.

What You Need:

  • 1 paper towel tube (or 2 toilet paper tubes)
  • red duct tape (or red construction paper or paint)
  • beans, rice, and/or other small objects
  • waxed paper
  • blue crepe paper
  • white paper
  • googly eyes
  • marker
  • glue
  • scissors

How to Make it:

  1. Cut the paper towel tube in half.
  2. Tear off some waxed paper (I used a sheet probably the length of a cookie sheet for this)
  3. Cut the waxed paper into 4 pieces.
  4. Fold waxed paper in half, then in half again, and continue to do that until you have a rectangle that is just slightly larger than the end of your tube.
  5. Repeat with the other 3 pieces of waxed paper.
  6. Tape the waxed paper on one end of a tube.
  7. Fill the tube with some beans and rice (I used a coffee scoop out of one of Trevor’s sensory bins and put one scoop each of beans and rice into the tube – also stolen from his sensory bins)
  8. Using the red duct tape, secure the other waxed paper rectangle to the other end of the tube to seal.
  9. Wrap the length of the tube with the red duct tape.
  10. Cut 3 pieces of blue streamer that is roughly 6 – 8 inches.
  11. Cut the 3 pieces of streamers in half, lengthwise.
  12. Tape the streamers to one end of the tube for the Thing’s hair.
  13. Cut a circle out of white paper and write Thing 1 on it.
  14. Glue it to the middle of the red tube.
  15. Cut another circle out of the white paper (or use yellow or cream) and draw on a nose and mouth.
  16. Glue googly eyes to the circle to finish the face.
  17. Glue the face on the tube.
  18. Repeat steps 6 – 17 with the second tube (In step 11 you’ll write Thing 2 on the circle instead of Thing 1)
  19. Enjoy your Thing 1 and Thing 2 shakers!


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