Let's make some music!
1. Find a large plastic container with a lid, like this potato salad bucket. Make sure it's clean, and the lid fits.
2. Use a hole punch or crop tool to make two sets of 2 holes, one set on each side.
3. Thread a ribbon, thick yarn, or large shoelace through the holes.
4. Tie a knot and poke the end of the string back into the bucket.
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the other side. You have a drum that can be worn and played at the same time!
6. Find "drum sticks"- this could be chopsticks, popsicle sticks, plastic spoons, or anything you feel comfortable giving your child.
Just put a little bit of uncooked rice into one side of a plastic Easter egg, put strong glue all around the rim, and close the egg tightly. Allow glue to dry before giving to you child.
Fun and colorful percussion!
"Jingle Bell Stick"
My son loves to sing "Jingle Bells" (still! Two- year- olds don't get the whole seasonal music thing...) so I wanted to make him a percussion instrument with bells.
This "Jingle Bell Stick" only took 3 minutes to make.
1. Gather a craft stick or popsicle stick, mini jingle bells, and a pipe cleaner or wire.
2. Hot glue one end of the pipe cleaner to the stick, and string the first bell onto the pipe cleaner, pushing it all the way to the top.
3. String the rest of the bells on, 4 or 5 total, with a centimeter or so between them on the pipe cleaner. Trim the excess pipe cleaner.
4. Hot glue the other end of the pipe cleaner onto the stick and jingle away!
This is one way to make your own kazoo! It is nice for little kids because they can fit their whole little mouth inside the open end, and that allows them to sing- much more fun than saying "doo doo doo" the whole time.
All you need is a toilet paper tube, a rubber band, a small square of wax paper, and a hole punch.
Not much to it, just secure the wax paper onto the TP tube with the rubber band, and punch a hole or two with the hole punch- this allows some air to escape which will let the air vibrate better against the wax paper, making that fun buzzing noise.
You can also make a kazoo "harmonica" by folding wax paper over a comb and blowing at the open end.
I guess you could call this a harp as well, not that it actually sounds like a guitar or harp, but it gives you the idea. I used a embroidery hoop and some rubber bands. This is another very easy and fast "instrument to assemble, and it will come apart easily when you are done, and nothing is wasted!
Just stretch the rubber bands across the inner hoop...
... and set the inner hoop inside of the outer one and tighten the screw to keep it in place.
Voilà! You've got yourself a string section!
I myself was a player of woodwinds in my day, so of course we had to do something along those lines. Bottle flutes are easy, as there is really nothing to "make"... you just blow across the top of a clean glass or plastic bottle. Tip: the smaller the opening, the easier it will be to make a noise. It is fun to guess which ones will make high or low sounds. Try putting different amounts of water into the bottles to see how that changes the pitch.
The fun thing about this kind of activity is that you can find music in so many different places, and your possibilities are as limitless as your imagination! Of course, with all of these fun instruments, young kids should be supervised. For older kids, try playing the spoons by holding a pair of small spoons together with the edges facing away from each other, and shake them in such a way that they clack together. Or try filling some glasses partially with water and (very gently) tapping them with a spoon. It would be fun to make a preschooler "orchestra" or band (ooh, or maybe a parade!?) using homemade instruments.
I know there are tons of other possibilities out there, have any of you done homemade instruments with kids?