Welcome to our Fun with Music series!
Angelique Felix and I have been writing about fun ways to engage our children in music. Today's topic is Kid-Made Instruments and the Great Outdoors.
Be sure to check out Angelique's post on Musical Outdoor Play at angeliquefelix.com
Kids love crafts-especially the ones that make a lot of noise! There are a lot of ways to make instruments that make music. Now, I will be the first to admit that I am not very crafty or talented making things with my hands. So I like projects that are extremely easy with very few supplies.
My number 1 go-to instrument is the Paper Plate Tambourine.
Pens or crayons
Color the plate any design.
Staple the outside edge of the plate so the beans don't fall out.
Ta-da! You have a tambourine!
Instrument #2 Water Bottle Shakers
Supplies: Clean and dry water bottles
Different fillers such as cut up straws, beans, and beads
Fill the bottles. This is a great fine-motor building activity. It takes a bit of concentration to get the small objects in the water bottle's small opening.
Finished Water Bottle Shakers.
Instrument #3 Drums
Supplies: Empty tubs
We wrapped the outside of the tubs with the wrapping paper. If you put the paper on inside out the outside will be white and can be colored any design.
Tap on the lid of the drum for a nice hollow sound.
Instrument #4 The Tin Can
Supplies: Unwrapped tin can with ridges
Run the spoon up and down the ridges for a wash-board kind of sound. This instrument is extremely easy but is one of the most popular! It is amazing that something as plain as a tin can will make such an interesting sound.
After making our instruments, we sang a bunch of songs such as The Alphabet Song, and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. The girls enjoyed it so much they kept singing for about an hour even after I went back into the house!
You are probably wondering where the great outdoors is in this post. Well, we made all our instruments and played our orchestra while outside! Music doesn't always have to be a solemn occasion while sitting silently in a chair. We can take our fun outside and let the whole neighborhood hear!
We sang while playing our instruments but other times we put on a CD and kept time with children's music and classical music.
I found some wonderful articles about homemade instruments. My instruments are easy even for those craft-challenged like me. Take a look at these links, if you would like more ideas:
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