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Sent in by:
Rebecca of Larchmont, NY 


What you need for this ZOOMdo:
  • paper towel tubes
  • 100 (or more!) round toothpicks
  • masking tape
  • plastic wrap
  • rubber bands
  • push pins
  • small dried beans
  • markers
  • paint or crayons
What you do for this ZOOMdo:

  1. Tape 2 paper towel tubes together into 1 long tube with masking tape.
  2. Decorate your tube with paint or crayons.
  3. When it's dry, cover one end of the tube with doubled-up plastic wrap, hold it in place with a rubber band.
  4. Use a push pin to poke holes in the tube. Space the holes 1/2 to 1 inch apart. Do this for the whole length of the tube.
  5. Insert the pointy end of a toothpick through one of the pin holes and press it into the tube as far as it will go.
  6. Blunt the ends of the toothpick sticking out of the tube by pressing them into the table or cutting them off with scissors.
  7. Put a toothpick in every hole. The more toothpicks you use, the more it will sound like rain.
  8. Pour the beans into the tube. Smaller beans work better. Use between 1/2 cup to 1 cup depending on the length of the tube.
  9. Cover the other end of the tube with plastic wrap and seal it with a rubber band.
  10. Turn the tube slowly end-over-end and listen.
  11. You can experiment with different size tubes and fillings like rice or other beans to change the sound.
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