How to Make Your Own Musical Instruments with Your Kids!

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.


How to Make Your Own Musical Instruments with Your Kids!
How to Make Your Own Musical Instruments with Your Kids!


How to Make Your Own Musical Instruments with Your Kids!


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.


How to Make Your Own Musical Instruments with Your Kids!
How to Make Your Own Musical Instruments with Your Kids!


Turn up the music and enjoy the grins as you play along with your own instruments!

Kindermusik with Tanya
Tanya is a Licensed Kindermusik Educator. She studied music at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She became a licensed Kindermusik educator in 2003. Tanya enjoys teaching piano and voice in her home studio in Orleans as well as Kindermusik at the South Fallingbrook Community Centre. Tanya has participated in award winning choirs which have been featured on CBC radio. She sang at the Canadian Premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Requiem" in the choir under the direction of Dr. Elmer Iseler at Roy Thompson Hall as well as the investiture of Madame Jeanne Sauvé, 23rd Governor General of Canada. She established Kindermusik with Tanya when she recognized the need for a studio that offers high-quality musical experiences for children to enjoy with their families.

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  1. Those instruments look so much nicer than most one can buy instore! Great ideas and a great PA day project. Just so happens one is coming up!

  2. I know that my children all loved playing on pots and pans with a wooden spoon when they were small. These would be a step up and great fun for the children.

  3. These are some really good ideas. My kids are at the perfect ages to both enjoy the making and the using of these instruments 😀 This should give us something to do this Christmas break!

  4. I remember making noisemakers and shakers out of toilet paper rolls as a kid; it was quite a fun little activity, especially when it came to the colouring/decorating part! I’m happy that families still do these kinds of crafts.


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