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  DESCRIPTION     Turn a shoe box into a guitar!  
  DETAILS     Find a sturdy shoe box with a lid. On the inside of the lid draw a rectangle 1" from the edge on all sides. Using a craft knife, cut this rectangle from the body of the lid and put aside. Decorate the lid. We covered ours with construction paper which involved some measuring. If you're going to do this, use the lid as a pattern to get the proper size for the strips. Cut and glue in place. Trim the construction paper with scissors if your calculations were slightly off. To cover the rest of the box, use the ends and  sides of the box as patterns, laying each on the construction paper and drawing around it. Cut and glue. The inside of our box wasn't too great, so we covered that too, laying the bottom of the box on the construction paper and drawing around it for a pattern. When the parts are decorated, put the box together and stretch rubber bands around the outside to make the guitar strings. They actually have a tone when strummed! We used a paint stir stick for the neck of the guitar, painting it red. When it dried, we taped it to the back of the box. This project requires the skills of an older child, but the older child might not find it interesting, thus the age designation. You might have to be around to help the 5-8 year old, but isn't that what we're here for?  
  AGE RANGE     3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15                
  GENDER     All  
  SEASONAL     No  
  MATERIALS NEEDED     Empty shoe box, rubber bands, stir stick, construction paper or crayons, markers and paint, craft knife, scissors, glue.  
  SKILLS NEEDED     Ability to cut and make patterns if you're going to cover the box. Grandma can cut with the craft knife.  
  TIME TO PREPARE (Minutes)     15  
  TIME TO MAKE (minutes)     30  
  MY RATING (1-10)     8  
  ALL RATINGS (1-10)     1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10                      
  NAME     Suzy Smith  
  COMMENTS       "I think this is very good, thanks. I needed it for a project for class."  






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