Praise Shakers

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Wow, I’m actually ahead of the game this week!  I sat down last night to make these sample praise shakers, one for each class.  We’re learning about Jehoshaphat and how the Israelites didn’t even have to fight their enemies to defeat them.  In the story the people praise God; that’s how these shakers tie in.  After making the samples, I figured out that I had made them the hard way.  Oh well!  Here are instructions for the easier way.  I have to let you know that we used a clipart image for the girl on the shaker, and now I can’t locate it again to give credit.  If you know where it came from, please let me know.

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How to Make a Praise Shaker:

1. Gather tinfoil, duct tape, construction paper, scissors, toilet paper tubes, filler (rice / beans / macaroni noodles), crayons/markers, and the Praise Shakers template.  (If you can’t see the template when you click on the link, click the “Download” button in the upper right-hand corner.  Choose “Open with Adobe Reader” and you should be able to view it.)

2. Rip off a sheet of tinfoil a little bit wider than the open end of the toilet paper tube.  Fold this piece in half and cut.  Cut the two halves into 3 equal pieces.  This should give you 6 approximately equal pieces (see above).  You will need two pieces per shaker.

3. Cut squares of construction paper about 1/2″ larger than end of toilet paper tube on all sides.  You’ll need two per shaker.

4. Fit one tinfoil piece over the end of the paper tube.  Make sure it fits snugly.  Lay construction paper square on top and center it.

5. Rip off piece of duct tape about 6″ long.  Carefully tape down edges of construction paper, starting close to the rim of the paper tube.  Make sure to pleat the construction paper as you go so you don’t end up with gaps and bulges.  Add more duct tape if needed.  It should look like this when you’re done:

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6. Decide which filler you’d like to add, and put a small handful in.  Personally, I like the sound of rice.

7. Secure open end with tinfoil, construction paper, and duct tape as before.

8. Color “Praise the Lord!” template.  You may have to trim a bit off to make it fit properly.

9. Center template in middle of tube and wrap around.  Tape in place with clear tape.

Now you’re all set to praise God with your homemade instruments!

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