I love hands on activities with my toddler – creating something together that I can help her with and then put up for others to see and use. We created this simple wind chime for the garden that can be outside during the summer months and produces a lovely fairy sound. These are perfect for some fine motor skills development and will look gorgeous all summer long. Made out of recycled materials it’s fun to make together and an ideal craft project for either toddlers or preschoolers.

A simple craft to make a garden wind chime from a drinks cup and craft cupboard supplies. An ideal craft project for toddlers and preschoolers.

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Materials to make a Simple Wind Chime out of a Plastic Cup

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Paper Drinks Cup

Thread/String

Beads of different shapes and sizes

Small Jingle Bells

Scissors

Small clump of play dough

How to make a Wind Chime for Kids

Start off with the plastic cup – using a plastic cup means that you can keep the cup outside all summer with one of the glossed paper cups they tend to start to disintegrate especially with the UK rain. Using the play dough place 4 or 5 holes around the mouth of the cup by putting the cup on top of the play dough and piercing with the blade of a pair of scissors.

paper drinks cup with string attached to create a musical wind chime that can be hung in a window or outside on a dry day

Pass the thread through the holes and make a double knot to put it secure.

toddler girl and mum threading beads on to string attached to a paper cup that will create a wind chime for hanging out side or in a window

Now is the fun part – with the beads help and support your toddler to thread them onto the strings from the top to 3 quarters of the way down the thread. At times I held the bead and T threaded it through other times T held the bead and I helped her thread it through – this is great fine motor skill development for toddlers.

mum and toddler girl making a paper cup wind chime together at a table in the house

Once the beads were on the string (I did lose knots at the end of each thread whilst we finished threading all the beads needed onto the strings) we then chose some colourful jingle bells to add to the bottom of the threads.

toddler and mum threading beads to create a wind chime from a paper cup

Depending on your style of bells your toddler maybe able to thread them on or you maybe needed – mine were fairly small and I needed a pair of pliers to open up the hole to thread through before I could get the string to go through. Once threaded through tie a double knot at the end and make sure that it is secure.

Drinks cup wind chime for toddlers to make

Put the wind chime out in the garden or on the porch where it will catch the breeze and produce a little fairy bell sound throughout the spring and summer.

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

4 Comments

    1. It was to help make the holes to thread through the string using the pencil or scissors place on the other side that you are pressing it through and then it would stab you or the table.

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