Make your own instruments
Make trumpets, drums, rhythm sticks, shakers, rubber band guitars, or skittles.
To make shakers
You will need:
- A plastic container or solid jar with a lid, or a small lidded tin.
- Something to fill the container with. For example, pebbles, seeds, sand, marbles, beads, shells, buttons, twigs or acorns.
- Half fill the container and secure the lid tightly and safely.
- Shake to some music.
Try making these too:
- Have a guessing game, guessing the song you are drumming.
- Make shakers using papier-mâché.
- Hammer metal or plastic bottle tops to a stick to make a vertical shaker.
To make drums
You will need:
- Tins or containers of different sizes.
- Wooden spoons, metal spoons, chopsticks.
- Flip the tins over and go for it.
- Encourage your child to decorate the tins using felts, paint or collage.
You can also:
- Put a piece of paper tightly over the end of a cylinder and secure it with a rubber band or string.
- Tap to make sounds with fingers, spoons, chopsticks or brushes and listen to the different sounds.
- Try different sized cylinders.
Did you know
- That making and playing instruments is a healthy and positive way to release energy.
What your child is learning
- An appreciation and knowledge of music (eg: rhythm, volume, tune, timing etc).
- Familiarity with different instruments and types of music.
- Music is a way to express feelings.
- Music is fun and adds value to an occasion.
- Everybody can be a musician.