Ightenhill Primary School

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Make Your Own Harmonica!


You will need: 

  • Two large craft sticks / flat lolly sticks
  • One wide rubber band
  • One plastic drinking straw
  • Two small rubber bands
  • A ruler
  • Scissors
  • An adult helper





  1. Stretch the wide rubber band over one of the craft sticks lengthwise.
  2. Use your scissors to cut four pieces of straw, each one to one-and-a-half inches long.
  3. Place one of the pieces of straw under the rubber band perpendicular to the craft stick, about two inches from the left side of the craft stick. This is Straw 1.
  4. Place another piece of straw on top of the rubber band to the right of Straw 1. This is Straw 2.
  5. Place the third piece about two inches from the right side of the craft stick, under the rubber band. This is Straw 3.
  6. Place the last piece to the right of Straw 3, on top of the rubber band. This is Straw 4.



   7. Straws 1 and 4 should be closest to the ends of the craft stick, while Straws 2 and 3 should be in the middle.

   8. With an adult to help you hold the straws in place, put the second craft stick on top of the first one, creating a sandwich with the pieces of straw between the craft sticks.

   9. Secure this sandwich by wrapping a small rubber band approximately a half inch from each end of the sticks. The ends of the sticks should be pinched together with a small space between them created by the straws.




   10. Hold your instrument like a sandwich, with one hand gently holding each end. Try to keep your fingers on the small rubber bands on either side.


   11. Blow through the opening between the craft sticks as though it is a harmonica (do not blow through the straws!). 



What sound do you hear? Do you feel anything in your hands as you blow through your instrument? Do the craft sticks vibrate or feel different when you play a sound? If you move the straws what happens to the sound? Does the sound change? 


1. Get some white bowls or a mug and decorate however you want using permanent markers. (Be careful not to get any on you.) Once you have finished, you can paint over your design with PVA glue to help protect the design. 


2. Collect some rocks and get painting. What incredible design ideas will you come up with? Once you have finished you can paint over your design with PVA glue to help protect your design and make it last longer. 


Don't worry when you paint over your design with PVA glue. It will turn white for a little while and hide your beautiful design but when it dries, it will be clear and shiny to show off your design. 



Ar yo missin ou P lesson an min competitions?

Then why not join in with the SPAR Lancashire School Games?

You can strive to be the best you can be and beat your personal bests.

Follow the link for the score card and join in on the 30th June.




Remember to email us with your progress! We cannot wait to see how you get on!





This month the wildlife trust have a 30 day nature challenge. Can you get outside and do something wild every day in June? Why not use these ideas to help you? 


Do you have the skills to cook up a storm in the kitchen? Use the Olympic skills record to help you get cooking.

Could you design a bag for life and win the competition. Follow the instructions to create your bag and be in with the chance of winning lots of goodies and Aldi vouchers.


Rob Biddulph is a famed author and illustrator of children's books. 


You may know him from his #DrawWithRob lessons that have gone viral across families during lockdown (and shared by BBC and CBS). Or you may know him from one of his books like Odd Dog Out.


On 21st May, Rob will teach the world a 30 minute art lesson where we learn to draw a much loved character. 


To beat the Guinness World Records title for largest online art lesson at least 10,000 people need to tune in to draw with Rob for a full 30 minutes on 21st May at 4PM BST |  8AM PST.


Use this link to get involved with the live lesson https://www.artworldrecords.com/


If you want to take part but can't do the live lesson, here is one of his videos for you to have a go at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhyCxVPb1qU&feature=youtu.be


This week my challenges are more about drawing and getting creative. Don't forget to send me your pictures of anything you create and draw  to ightenhillclass5@ightenhill.lancs.sch.uk.



This week my challenges are more about getting into the kitchen and making something delicious. Don't forget to send me your pictures of things you make to ightenhillclass5@ightenhill.lancs.sch.uk.