Wednesday, October 12, 2016

How to Make an Easy DIY Microphone

By Lauren Barnett, MA, CCC-SLP

Do you know how easy it can be to create a pretend microphone for your child to use? Once your microphone is created, the possibilities are endless. We've been having so much fun!

We just survived Hurricane Matthew! Here in central Florida we made it through the storm okay, but we spent a lot of time watching the news and the weather reports. For days!

We got to watch the in-studio news reporters comment to the on-location reporters and then watch those reporters deal with the craziness of the storm (we watched one lady almost get blown away; she needed to brace herself up against a wall! She earned her paycheck that day!)

This has inspired my children do some reporting of their own. They started off using a chess piece and report all over the house about what was happening. This morphed into some great imaginative play: reporting live from Pluto (our favorite dwarf planet).

Once this got serious, I remembered a craft I had done many years ago. And I'd like to share it with you, too!

Here is my DIY Microphone!

It's super simple to make. Start with a few supplies: 3-5 inches of PVC pipe, a plastic golf ball (or ping pong ball!), hot glue gun and glue and some duct tape (and scissors - not pictured here - make it easier to cut the duct tape). They have lots of different colors and patterns of duct tape these days, but this is what I had on hand for our impromptu DIY Microphone!

Start by covering the PVC pipe with duct tape.

I had mine start at the top edge (where the ball will go) and then extend past the end so I just folded it over to go inside the tube.

Once you have it taped up (you could even leave it uncovered it you wanted), put a line of hot glue along the top edge and set the ball on it. I know you know this, but please be very careful with hot glue! It really is very hot! I like to then go around the outside of the ball again with hot glue just to make sure it is secured.

 And viola! A sturdy little toy with endless possibilities! I know that your child will enjoy this DIY Microphone! I've used microphones with my own children and in therapy for years.

I'd love to see any "reports" that your child does! Send them to me and I'd love to share them!

I also have some ways that you can use this DIY Microphone to help your child develop speech and language skills! That will be coming soon!  Click on the "Follow by Email" in the top right of my blog so that theses ideas come straight to your email!

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