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Banjo Magic - Materials

Gather Materials

2 heavy-duty disposable plates or a box (cereal or cracker size) with a hole in the top
1 long sturdy stick (wooden paint stirrer or ruler)
3 long rubber bands
Stapler
Masking tape or all-purpose glue
Optional: stickers and markers

Steps

1. Start by helping your child make the body of the
banjo. If using plates, cut a hole in the middle of
one. Staple them together at the rims. If using a
box with a lid, cut a hole in the top.
2. Next, you will add “strings” by stretching the rubber
bands around the plates or box, leaving a small space
between each one.
3. Glue or tape the stick to the back to create the banjo’s
“neck.” If she is interested, have her decorate the banjo
with markers or stickers.
4. Show her how to gently pull the rubber bands to
create a sound. What sounds can she make? Can she
create a pattern?

CDC Milestones

Curious about your child’s development? All children develop at their own pace, but the Center for Disease Control’s developmental milestones can be a helpful guideline. Here are a few examples:

Infants
1-year-old
  • Shows fear in some situations
  • Puts things in a container, takes things out of a container
  • Looks at the right picture or thing when it’s named
Toddlers
18-months-old
  • Explores alone but with parent close by
  • Can follow 1-step verbal commands without any gestures
  • Drinks from a cup
Preschoolers
2-years-old
  • Shows more and more independence
  • Knows names of familiar people and body parts
  • Might use one hand more than the other

CDC Milestones

Curious about your child’s development? All children develop at their own pace, but the Center for Disease Control’s developmental milestones can be a helpful guideline. Here are a few examples:

Infants
1-year-old
  • Shows fear in some situations
  • Puts things in a container, takes things out of a container
  • Looks at the right picture or thing when it’s named
Toddlers
18-months-old
  • Explores alone but with parent close by
  • Can follow 1-step verbal commands without any gestures
  • Drinks from a cup
Preschoolers
2-years-old
  • Shows more and more independence
  • Knows names of familiar people and body parts
  • Might use one hand more than the other

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