Make a joyful noise in honor of America's independence with this homemade rattle rouser.
Fill a cardboard tissue tube with about a dozen small bells. Then seal the tube by taping the cardboard circles to the ends.
Next, cut a 6- by 20-inch rectangle from a clear report folder or clear acetate (sold at art supply stores) and fringe the 6-inch edges by making a series of 8-inch-long cuts (a parent's job). Attach sticker stars to the fringe.
Wrap the rectangle around the tube so that the fringe extends from the ends, and secure it with tape. Then your child can decorate the shaker with colored tape stripes and more sticker stars.