I remembered making these tambourines in school as a child and thought it would be a fun addition to S's instrument collection. We just stapled two paper plates (I used the smaller luncheon size for S) together with the insides facing each other and filled it with some beans. I also put book tape around the perimeter so S wouldn't try to peel it open. For older kids, you can have them decorate the plates and glue/tape streamers coming off the sides. S has been enjoying his, though it has taken quite a beating.