We've compiled some fun crafts and do-it-yourself projects for speech-language pathologists, family members, teachers, friends, and whoever else wants to join in. All of the projects celebrate hearing and everything to do with ears! Check them out below.
1. Horton Hears a Who Flower
"Don't give up! I believe in you all! A person's a person, no matter how small!"
As some speech-language pathologists use Dr. Seuss books in their work, this activity is an awesome addition to our list. One of the best messages from Horton Hears a Who! is that even if you're smaller (in size, voice, etc.), you are still significant. Kids can create their own flower to bring that message into physical form as a neat reminder that everyone can be heard. All you need is a small pom-pom, a pipe cleaner, a hot glue gun, and a piece of paper with the words either written or printed. Talk about an easy classroom or weekend craft with the kids!
2. Musical Instruments DIY
These musical instrument crafts are fun for everyone to try, whether you're a student in an elementary school music class or a parent looking for a different project to do with your kids. Exploring how different instrument designs can create different sounds is a rewarding learning experience for developing minds.
The bell shaker (bottom right in photo) is a great device to use to incorporate some science into the project. Go for a nature walk to find y-shaped sticks, and ask kids to identify other shapes they see along the way!
3. Homemade Gift Kit for Hearing Aid Users
Are you looking for a great gift idea for a parent, grandparent, or friend who wears hearing aids? Supplies to create your own hearing aid maintenance kit can cost less than $30 and give the receiver a goody bag full of useful items for hearing aid care. You can even include your customized storage container (first on this list)!
4. Rainbow Water Glass Xylophone
A rainbow water xylophone is a clever way to show kids how volume levels affect sound in glasses. Using food coloring in each glass creates a colorful association with each note; color association with music has been proven to increase skills in music reading and achievement. If you have enough glasses, you can make bigger sets and put on a family or classroom concert ("Chopsticks," anyone?)!
5. Hearing Aids Storage Container
To create a customized storage container for hearing aids or hearing aid accessories, here's a great tutorial that uses empty Altoids® containers. This is a fun craft for your own hearing aid storage or as a gift idea for a friend or family member. It can even be a storage option for things other than hearing aids, such as paper clips, hair ties, or buttons. The great thing about these is that you can personalize colors and decorations; the possibilities are endless.
6. Handmade earrings
Think what you will of Martha Stewart, but you have to admit the woman is creative and knows how to spark people's interest. These handmade earrings could be a fun project for friends or a multigenerational get together to accessorize those ears in a unique way! There's a variety of earrings listed on the webpage with different styles. The best part is that you can make unique earrings and showcase your personal style.
As we find more of these crafts that celebrate all things hearing, creativity, and ears, we'll compile another list. If you have any neat crafts you want to suggest, email us and let us know!
Last Updated: January 20, 2014