Be sure to enter our giveaway below, part of our World Cup for Kids Project.
If you’re a soccer fan, you probably already know what a vuvuzela is.
It’s that loud stadium horn that became famous when the World Cup was held in South Africa and has appeared all around the globe since then! And who doesn’t love to cheer on their favorite sports team with a mighty blast of a honking horn?
What’s a Vuvuzela?
It’s hard to tell exactly how the vuvuzela was invented. One avid soccer fan from South Africa claims he invented the vuvuzela by reshaping a bicycle horn into a mightier instrument. And, there are some pretty amazing older photos that would definitely support this claim. As the instrument grew popular, it was used widely as part of worship and church services in South Africa. Finally, it took center stage at the World Cup and journalists and reporters took turns talking about this “new” instrument. Some even dubbed it “the world’s most annoying instrument”!
Real vuvuzelas are incredibly loud. Some are actually banned from certain public areas in South Africa for that reason. Thankfully, kids’ versions are smaller, quieter and some are plastic, collapsible horns that can be taken easily to any local game or sports events.
Make Your Own Vuvuzela
Can’t find a vuvu near you? Then make your own version out of some basic materials from around the house. Here’s what you need:
Cardboard roll from paper towels
Sturdy tape and
Materials for decoration
You can find step-by-step directions in the craft pdf below. The plastic cup becomes the bell of the horn and fits into the cardboard roll. You’ll add a bit of manilla folder to fill out the horn and then decorate with your favorite colors or emblems from the team of your choice.
Check out the free craft pdf’s below for playing tips as well. And get ready for some good, hearty honks when your favorite team scores a goal!!
Get Ready for the World Cup with a Giveaway!
Enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win one of our prizes. Be sure to read our full giveaway rules. Contest ends June 11, midnight PT.
1st Prize: Win your own vuvuzela from Daria’s Music! This 26 inch red plastic vuvuzela is just like the ones that will be used at World Cup! This prize package also includes a signed copy of The Soccer Fence by Phil Bildner. This beautiful book tells the story of Hector, a young boy growing up in South Africa, as he watches his country change through the crumbling of apartheid.
Don’t miss out on any of the fun! Follow our World Cup for Kids project in the coming weeks, and explore the world with your child through this global tournament!
World Music children’s performer DARIA (Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou) has spent the last two decades performing in the USA and around the world, creating music to inspire all the world’s children. Along with national awards for her culturally diverse music, Daria’s website (www.dariamusic.com) was given a 2009 Parent’s Choice Award and offers many great resources for teachers, parents and kids of all abilities.
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