How to Make a Thunder Tube


Introduce your child to percussion instruments by working together to make a thunder tube, which creates the sound of thunder when you shake it. To construct this recyclables-craft noisemaker, you'll need a cardboard tube, the wire from a spiral notebook and a balloon.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard paper towel or mailing tube
  • Wire from spiral notebook
  • Balloon
  • Cardboard cereal box or poster board
  • Clear packing tape
  • Stretch the balloon tightly across one end of the tube.

  • Trace the other end of the tube onto the cardboard from the cereal box or other scrap.

  • Cut out the circle.

  • Make a small hole in the center of the circle.

  • Place the short end of the wire in the tube.

  • Position the circle on the tube’s end. Tape it in place.

  • Decorate the outside of your thunder tube as desired, using paints, markers, paper, stickers or other embellishments.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also use a purchased spring in place of the notebook wire.
  • If you prefer, glue the circle into place at the end of the tube. Allow the glue to dry thoroughly before using your new drum.

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