Houghton Mifflin Reading
Grade 4, Theme 4: Problem Solvers: Sing to the Stars
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Make Your Own Instrument

What You Need
  • A sturdy shoe box
  • Scissors
  • Tape and glue
  • Colored paper
  • Glitter, paint, and markers
  • Four large rubber bands, of equal or different widths
  • A cardboard paper-towel tube
What To Do
  1. Cut a hole about 4 1/2 or 5 inches wide in the center of the box top. Then cut a hole about 2 inches wide on one end of the box.
  2. Tape the cover on the box.
  3. Use colored paper, glue, and glitter, paint, or markers to decorate the box.
  4. Stretch the four rubber bands around the box, from one long end to the other. They should be stretched over the hole on the top of the box. Make sure there is space between each rubber band. Be careful not to stretch the rubber bands too tightly — if they aren't big enough, find others.
  5. Push the cardboard tube through the two-inch hole to make a neck for your instrument. Two of the rubber bands should be on one side of the tube and two on the other side.
  6. Now play your new guitar!

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