Running out of things to do on summer break? Why not make your own musical instruments? Here are a few ideas using things you already have at home. Your kids will be sure to have their own ideas as well. Anything goes! Turn on some music and play along with your little ones. They will love some family music time, especially when it involves playing with something they have created.
Shakers and other noisemakers:
• Use a plastic container with a lid – water bottle, yogurt drink, ice cream tub. (Paper towel tubes or toilet rolls will work too. Just cover the ends with a balloon and secure with elastics.) Small cups or a Pringles container will work well too.
• Insert rice, lentils, pasta, split peas, beads, or buttons. (They each make a different sound – make a few different shakers.)
• Coloured paper, streamers, fabric scraps, paint, stickers. Anything you want to use for decorating! Kids will love using a variety of things to make their instrument just right.
• Use a few canning lids to tap together. Tie on a few ribbons and they’re ready to play.
• Tins of different sizes – take off and discard lid, wash cans. Keep lid on one end, you can hit either end for different sounds.
• Balloons – to stretch over the end of the tin. Use tape or elastics to secure. (You can also make this a shaker too by inserting any shaker material listed above.)
• Wooden or plastic spoons or even chopsticks can be used for drumsticks.
Baton for someone to lead the band:
• Push or glue a foam ball on the end of a dowel.
• Cover the ball with a square of felt, secure with an elastic or ribbon.
• Add some ribbons or coloured tape to decorate.
Turn up the music and enjoy the grins as you play along with your own instruments!