Graggers The Purim Noisemakers
Graggers are the noisemakers used during the reading of the Meglliah. Every time the name of Haman is mentioned, everyone boos, hisses, stamps their feet and twirls their graggers. Though graggers are usually shown as the rectangular shape pictured above, any type of noisemaker can be used.
Noisemakers are a fun and easy project for school age children (preschoolers will need adult assistance). You can now make your own gragger with our easy directions. Save or print the instructions so you can make your own gragger after your visit.
- Juice cans (cleaned and dried)
- adhesive backed paper
(Contact paper works well)
- Stickers or colored tape
- Jingle bells
- White glue
Prepare the juice can by making sure the can is washed and dried.
To make the end caps for the can, trace the circular end on the adhesive paper. Draw another circle 1″ larger than the outline circle. Cut out the circles.
With the scissors make cuts spaced 1″ apart around the circle, from the outer edge in. Make two, one for each end of the can.
Peel off the backing of the adhesive paper. Cover one end of the juice can.
Place 1 or 2 jingle bells inside.
Now ask an adult to poke a hole in the center of the metal or plastic end of the can.
Bend a pipe cleaner in half and insert the two ends into the hole. On the inside of the can, twist the two ends to prevent them from slipping back through the can. The wire loop on the outside of the can will be your handle.
Attach the other paper circle over the open end of the can, sealing the jingle bells inside.
Cut a strip of adhesive paper which is the width of the can and is long enough to wrap around the can with 1″ of overlap. Remove the paper backing and wrap around the can, covering the entire outside of the juice can.
Now let’s decorate it.
You can use colored tape to make stripes or decorative shapes and symbols. Personalize you gragger with some of your favorite stickers. Draw decorative lines with white glue and sprinkle them with glitter. Shake off the excess.