Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Make Your Own Instruments

Summer is here and sometimes children get bored so why not strike up the band? Here is a fun project that you can make. Maybe you can put on your own concert or have a parade! (**Parental Supervison Required)


2 paper plates
stapler or glue
hole punch
jingle bells

Directions:Staple or glue two paper plates together, facing each other. Using a hole punch, make holes around the plates and tie jingle bells to the holes with string. Decorate the tambourine with crayons. Shake to play.

Note: Heavy duty paper plates may be more durable for this craft.

Safety note: If using a stapler, an adult should do this. When finished be sure to cover the staples with scotch tape.

empty oatmeal box with cover
2 pencils
2 spools
construction paper

Directions:Before beginning, you can decorate the oatmeal box with construction paper and/or crayons for a colorful effect.Place the cover on the box. Use a pen to make a hole in the center of the cover and in the center of the bottom of the box. Through these holes, pull a piece of yarn long enough to hang around child's neck and down to their waist.For the drumsticks, place the spools at the ends of the pencils, secure with glue if necessary.Beat to play.


ruler or stick
nail polish
mixing spoon

Directions:Hang the washers from the ruler or stick with pieces of string by wrapping the string around the ruler or stick and securing. Strike the washers with the mixing spoon to play.
Note: You can make this craft colorful by painting the washers first with different color nail polishes, such as red, gold, glittery, etc.


paper towel roll
waxed paper
rubber band

Directions: Cover one end of the paper towel roll with waxed paper, secure it with a rubber band. Punch a row of holes along one side of the roll with the tip of a pen.To play, sing a tune into the open end of the horn.


two matching pot covers
yarn or ribbon

Directions: Tie the ribbon or yarn around the handles of the pot covers. To play, strike together.


tall glasses or jars
mixing spoon

Directions: Fill the glasses or jars with different amounts of water. The more water in the glass, the lower the pitch will be. Having less water in the glass or jar will raise the pitch.To play, gently strike the glasses with a mixing spoon.Note: This instrument should probably be played by older children in "the band" because of the use of glass.


pocket comb
tissue paper

Directions: Fold a piece of tissue paper over the tooth edge of a comb. To play, hum through the tissue paper.


empty shoe box
rubber bands
ruler or stick

Directions:Remove the cover from the box. Stretch the rubber bands around the box.  Attach the ruler or stick to the back of the box on one end to act as the arm of the guitar. To play, strum or pluck the rubber bands.


2 paper towel rolls
hole punch
4 jingle bells
string or yarn

Directions: Punch a hole in each end of the paper towel rolls. Tie two jingle bells to each side of the paper towel rolls by running string or yarn through the holes and carefully tying off. Shake to play.

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