Making a shekere

The shekere is an instrument from West Africa made from a dried gourd.  It has a net covering the gourd which is woven with beads.
It is used for folk songs and also in popular music. It is shaken and tapped against the hands.
If you do not have a dried gourd you can make a shekere using a plastic bottle.
We made ours with large plastic milk bottles which we painted in week 1 and left to dry.

The next week the children did dot painting on top of the paint.
They added a few dried beans and lentils into each bottle using a funnel - not too many.
Long colourful string was threaded with a bead and a knot, a bead and a knot, etc until about 8 beads on each of the 4 strands.
The children were very proud of their shekeres and used them at music time.


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