Orzo Shaker craft

Orzo Shakers

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This musical craft allows kids to create mini instruments that don’t give grown-ups a headache when they play them around the house. One of us had the kids use markers, glue and tissue paper. The other had her kids use markers, stickers, glue and decals. If you’re making this separate from our Sausage Orzo Soup Recipe, you could swap out the orzo for rice. More people have rice laying around the house, and it’s less expensive.

This craft also provides a great opportunity to share some fun facts about this meal’s featured ingredient:



    • Orzo is part of the Grains food group.
    • Orzo is a good source of carbohydrates, which give our body energy.
    • Orzo is shaped like rice, but it’s actually pasta.
    • In Italian, orzo means barley.

Our kids loved making these! The coolest thing for the kids was that they got to be artistic and decorate something, but also had a toy as the final product.


Featured Ingredient: Orzo

Corresponding Recipe: Sausage Orzo Soup

Skills SupportedFine motor (pouring, cutting, gluing), following instructions, math (measuring)


  • 1/2 – 1 cup of uncooked orzo pasta
  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Tape (masking tape, duct tape, or packing tape)
  • Kid-friendly scissors
  • Glue sticks (Elmer’s Glue Sticks are our go-to)
  • Decorating tools (your choice: markers, paint, tissue paper, decals, stickers)


Consider setting up the craft before cooking so that your kids can get to work right away.

  1. Fill a measuring cup with 1/2 – 1 cup uncooked orzo.
  2. Using masking tape, tape the bottom of the tube closed tightly.* (If using scotch tape, it might make sense to decorate the shaker before adding in orzo).
  3. Fill a cardboard tube with the orzo. To minimize the mess,  pour the orzo over a plate or empty bowl to catch the falling pieces.
  4. Tape the top of the tube closed tightly.
  5. Decorate your shaker with markers, paint, stickers, decals or tissue paper. 

Note: *For toddlers especially, these tasks may require adult supervision and/or assistance.

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