I would love to have 4 or 5 more of these tubs if you are school shopping and see them. Some Wal-Marts have them on sale for $4! I'd prefer black and red but will take any color you can find. These make amazing bass drums!
To make these ponies you'll need:
-a swimming noodle (the skinnier ones work best)
-twine, rope or your choice of something for the bridle that you can tie tightly. Consider using patterned duct tape. It holds firmly and looks great!
-felt (9 x 12 sheets work well)
-large wiggly eyes
-low temp glue gun and glue
Yes. You can use a glue gun on the swimming noodle, but trust me you want it to be the low temp kind!
Next turn the piece of felt long ways and cut a strip about an inch wide. Cut the ends of it into points for the ears. Cut the next strip (still looking at the felt long ways) at about 4 inches wide. Next I folded this wide stripe and cut waves around the edges to create the mane.
Slide the long piece for the ears between the part of the noodle that is folded and pull them up firmly in place. Glue the ears up. Hot glue the mane and wiggly eyes in place. Voila! Swimming noodle pony!
We'll use these ponies in class for listening and movement activities. You can learn more about what I do with them in this blog post: What to Do With Your New Herd
Want to see some more pool noodle crafts for music class? You might enjoy Steady Beat Swords or Noodle Notes.
On Monday and Tuesday of this week I was honored to be a presenter for the Missouri State Teachers Association Leadership Symposium. My session was called "Make It! Take It! Celebrate It!" and focused on ideas for improving morale in our districts and little teacher appreciation gifts that CTA leaders could make and pop into teacher mailboxes. Here are some of the projects that we made:
I love the water bottle idea. There are TONS of ideas for things like this on Pinterest if you are interested in seeing more.