Operated with plenty of energy and this simple rattle can generate
plenty of decibels. This can make it suitable for some children with
a hearing loss. In my teaching days I used it to attract the children's
attention at the end of a free play session. I have since made several
more for children with multiple disabilities. Hung within easy reach,
the child can use the Ship's Bell just as a rattle that does
not need holding - and cannot be dropped - or even to attract
the attention of an adult.
- Punch a hole in the bottom of the tin with the skewer.
- Thread the piping cord into the tin, through the hole. About
half way along it tie a large knot to prevent it from pulling
- Tie another knot on the outside of the tin to prevent the piping
cord from disappearing inside. The tin is now anchored in the
middle of the cord.
- Thread the cord through the clapper and position it so that
it will strike against the lip of the tin. Tie a knot below it
to keep it in place.
- Tie a ring to the end of the string to make it easy for the
child to grasp. Tie a loop above the tin for hanging it by.
- Decorate the tin.
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