Sand blocks are a percussion instrument that produces two very different sounds -- one made by tapping the blocks and another by scraping them.
What You'll Need:
- Two 2×3-inch wood blocks at least 5 inches long
- Two 2×2-inch wood blocks at least 2 inches long
- Blunt scissors
- Wood glue
- Rubber bands
Step 1: Ask an adult to help you cut the wooden pieces. Cut each 2×3-inch block to 5 inches in length. Cut the 2×2-inch blocks to 2 inches. (If you have an old block set, you can use 2 large and 2 small blocks.)
Step 2: Cut the sandpaper to fit around the bottom and sides of the large block. Wrap the sandpaper around the large block and glue it in place.
Step 3: Place a rubber band around each end to hold the sandpaper in place as the glue dries.
Step 4: To make the handle, glue a small block on top of the large block. Let the glue dry overnight.
Step 5: Make another sand block with the remaining wood pieces.
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