One of my favorite parts of springtime is the many breezy, windy days that come with it. What could be sweeter than sitting outside on a warm spring day with the wind blowing through your hair and the birds chirping in the distance? Nothing -- except maybe the twinkling sound of a lovely little wind chime that your child made. I recently made a wind chime with my son and we have been enjoying the sweet music every afternoon. The best part is our simple wind chime is made using items from the recycling bin and found items in your home. Also, wouldn't a wind chime make a fun Mother's Day gift for Mom or Grandma? Read on to learn how your child can get started.
What you will need:
Step 1: Hunt for Small Objects
This part of the project is almost as fun as the finished wind chime. Send your children off to the recycling bin and their rooms to find small metal and plastic objects for the wind chime. We used a combination of bottle caps, plastic bottle lids, medication bottle lids, bells, safety pins and buttons. It was fun to see what small found items we could find all around us.
Step 2: Punch Holes in the Lid
Step 3: Add the Twine to the Lid
Step 4: Punch Holes in the Found Objects
Step 5: String on the Found Objects
Now comes the fun part, give your child creative control and him them string each found object on the two long pieces of twine. Suggest that he string items together that make a nice sound when hitting each other. Tie a small knot in between each found object to keep them from sliding back down.
Step 6: Hang the Wind Chime
Find a place to hang the wind chime in your yard — we picked a spot right next to our patio furniture and hammock. Every night when we eat dinner outside, we hear the soft music of a wind chime that we made together.