With thanks to Zoe on Playing By The Book - she's the one who came up with these wonderful ideas.
We also thought about a crafty project which younger kids could easily do too and came up with the idea of making silver bells for our garden out of old yoghurt pots.
Using acrylic paint we first coated our clean pots in silver and when dry we drizzled them with PVA glue and sprinkled glitter over them. (Acrylic is a good paint to use on yoghurt pots as it sticks better to the plastic.
If you’ve access to lots of cardboard egg boxes you could also use them to make bells, and then poster paint would work fine.)
We hung our bells up in our cherry tree, in the hope that the movement and sparkle will keep the pigeons from eating our fruit (yes, we live optimistically!).
I wonder if we’ll end up keeping the pigeons away by attracting lots of magpies instead!
*Update - we had a fantastic cherry crop this year!
Whilst making your silver bells you can listen to handbells.
See selection below. Please note, these are external links.
You Raise me Up
with an interesting explanation at the beginning
Let it Go (from Frozen)
Rolling in the Deep
The Lion King
And some amazing recordings of Mary Mary, Quite Contrary:
A lovely simple one from
A more complex one from
SPCCPS Choir - Hong Kong
The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra no less