Looking for an incredibly simple craft made with materials that most everyone has on hand? Aren’t we all! This is a super simple idea with plenty of room for creative exploration. I first saw this idea on this pin. (Aren’t the graphics cute?) We’ve had some frigid weather in the past weeks so we were going a little stir crazy stuck inside for several days. I pulled out some straws and poof – instant craft time.
• Straws (add some fun with brightly colored straws)
• Tape (any will do)
1. Have your child chose several straws (we used 8 but fewer is fine too).
2. Cut about one inch off of the first straw, two inches off of the next straw, three inches off of the next straw and continue in this pattern cutting each straw one inch shorter than the previous. (You can of course cut them in whatever length you’d like but this pattern provides a more even musical pattern in the end).
3. Tape your straws together in order by height.
4. Blow across the top of the straws (not into them as my daughter attempted first)
5. Listen carefully! It’s a very soft sound but indeed the sound of each straw changes as you blow across them.
* If you cut the straws in steps you’ll have enough straw pieces to make two flutes which is great for siblings or mom and dad to play along!
6. Get creative! Mix up the order of the straws. Add different heights. Tape them all together and see what you get. Make a parade of flutes if you have a group of little ones. Color a band to wrap around your flute with your child’s name on it. Have FUN!
Check out the video of my daughter playing with her newly created straw flute. Listen carefully!