Age7 to 11 years
- 1 empty milk or juice carton
- 1 toilet roll
- 3 printout pages
- 1 piece of cardboard 8 cm x 14 cm (Hint: you can use the cardboard from a cereal box)
- 3 elastic rubber bands
- 2 pencils, +/- 8 cm long. (Tip: you can also use some disposable chop sticks)
- 2 squares of paper towel
- 1 Pritt glue stick
- 1 pair of scissors
The Ukulele is an instrument, which is part of the guitar family and originally comes from the Hawaiian islands in the Pacific. It looks like a guitar, just smaller. The Ukulele has found popularity all over the world, but is still mostly associated with Hawaiian music.
Today we are going to make our very own Ukulele using some things we can find around the house. You should ask your mum, dad or teacher for some help collecting the materials.
Cut out all the shapes from the printouts and put them in a pile.
Use your handy Pritt Stick to glue the images A, B, C and D onto the empty milk or juice carton. You can cut off any excess paper using your scissors.
Now place the 3 elastic bands over the long side of the carton.
Now cut two small squares out of the bottom of the toilet roll. Make sure the squares are 2 cm x 2 cm and are directly opposite of one another.
Now turn the two flaps that are remaining on the roll up, so that you have a surface that you can glue to the body of your Ukulele.
Place a generous amount of Pritt Glue to the two flaps and glue it to the top of the box.
Tip: You can place 2 of the elastic bands over the tops of the flaps. This will help to hold the toilet roll in place. Wait 10 minutes for the glue to dry.
While you wait for the glue to set on the toilet roll, you can glue the neck of the Ukulele (image E) to the cardboard using your Pritt Stick. Once the glue is dry, you can cut out around the image.
Now you can place the neck into the toilet roll. Then stuff the roll with the two sheets of paper towel so that the cardboard is held in place.
Now you must stick image F to the toilet roll and cut off any excess paper on either side.
Place the two 8 cm long pencils or sticks between the elastic bands and the box, with each one on the far side of the box opposite one another.
It is now time to customize your Ukulele. You can stick some pictures to it or draw some of your own graphics.
You have made your very own, customized Ukulele. Now all you have to do is strum the strings and hear what sound it makes.
We hope you have lots of fun and remember to come back and visit us at www.prittworld.co.uk to find more fun Pritt projects.