New Year’s Noisemaker for Kids

Make some noise at midnight!

Ring in the New Year with a bang…or a clang…or a jingling rattle!  This shiny noisemaker craft is an improvement on the standard paper plate shaker.  Using an aluminum pie plate makes the rattling sound louder, and the addition of jingle bells means that this noisemaker makes sounds in two ways!  It’s just what your kids need to let the neighborhood know that the New Year has arrived!

You’ll Need:

  • An aluminum pie plate
  • Popcorn kernels, dry beans, uncooked rice, beads, or coins
  • A large wooden craft stick
  • Ribbon
  • Jingle bells
  • Stickers (metallic or sparkly ones are good choices!)
  • Clear tape


  1. Fold your pie plate in half.
  2. Fill the pie plate with anything that rattles.  You can use popcorn kernels, dry beans, uncooked rice, beads, coins, or a combination of these things for a really cool sound!
  3. Tape the edges of the pie plate together.
  4. Tape the craft stick to the middle of the pie plate edge.  Tape it well.
  5. Cut your ribbon into 6 pieces and tie a knot at the end of each piece.
  6. Tape the pieces of ribbon around the edge of the pie plate, placing the tape below the knot in the ribbon so that the ribbon can’t be pulled off easily.
  7. Tie a jingly bell to the dangling end of each ribbon.
  8. Decorate your noisemaker with as many stickers as you want.
  9. Shake, rattle, and jingle your noise maker!


If you realize near midnight that you need a couple extra noisemakers in a hurry, just fill some empty water bottles with anything that rattles and you’re good to go!

Happy New Year!


About The Author

Tara Lo
Tara Lo is an Early Childhood Educator who has worked with children aged 6 months to 12 years in a variety of settings. From day camps to daycare centers, homeless shelters to hotel resorts, and kindergarten classrooms to community centers. Tara is a former writer for Webkinz Jr., where she used her knowledge of child development and all things preschool to help create lovable characters, catchy songs, silly stories, and fun activities. Tara is now a work-at-home mom who splits her days between writing, running a home daycare, and being constantly amazed by her wonderful son.

3 Responses to New Year’s Noisemaker for Kids

  1. honeybeelee says:

    The noise maker is a good idea!

  2. Linda says:

    Great Idea for younger children!

  3. Mom says:

    If it happens at an earlier time. My children are younger and can’t quite stay awake until midnight.