How to Make a Flute Out of Paw Paw Stems

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Kids love to create and use their imaginations, and making their own playthings is one way to do that. Children's toys can be made from any number of things around the house and in nature, including the papaya plant.

Known as paw in some of its native tropical locations, the plant's leaves are connected to its main stalk by long, hollow petioles that, when green, are firm and perfect for crafting homemade flutes and pipes.

Select a green paw stem about 12 to 14 inches in length. Ripe stems will be too soft.

Cut the stem from the paw plant between the leaf and the trunk. Remove the leaves, and make sure the stem is free of sap.

  • Kids love to create and use their imaginations, and making their own playthings is one way to do that.
  • Cut the stem from the paw plant between the leaf and the trunk.

Carve notches in the stem with the knife, spacing them at equal distances.

Play your flute by covering some of the notches with your fingers and blowing into the end. Experiment with sounds by covering different notches.

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