Whether it’s too hot, too cold, or it’s raining outside, sometimes it’s just better to spend a day doing inside activities. If you don’t want your kids sitting inside all day playing Xbox, you need to come up with something to get their creative juices flowing!
One of the best ways to get them in a creative mood is with a craft project! By making their own homemade musical instruments they not only get to have fun crafting, but they also get to play some music after!
To make sure they get to make and play an instrument they really love, we’ve found 6 different DIY musical instrument projects for them to choose from. Happy crafting!
Not only are these DIY drums super cute, but they are also super fun to make with your kids. This is a great project for your kids to make for themselves or to give as a gift! Thanks, A Beautiful Mess!
This homemade harmonica is so easy, your kids could make it right now. Thank you Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls for this fun homemade toy that your kids will love!
If there is any musical instrument I remember making as a kid, it is a homemade guitar. Just whip out a cardboard box and some rubber bands, and voila… a homemade musical instrument you and your kids will love.
Thank you PBS Parents!
This homemade tambourine is another great and easy craft that your kids will love. It is a super fun instrument for them to play as well! Thank you She Knows!
One of the coolest things ever is being able to make music from glasses of water. Just add some food color and it will be a fun activity for you and your kids. Thank you Little Page Turners!
Here is another quick and easy musical craft your kids can make. Thank you Laughing Kids Learn for this fun craft!
The best thing about these homemade musical instruments is that they are so easy to make. Most of them can be made with things that you already have around your house.
So, what are you waiting for? Get the kids together, make some music, beat the summertime blues, and start your own band! Happy creating!
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Bring the band alive at your home with these DIY Musical Instruments for Kids to Make and play! And they actually make music, too!
Did you know that babies can identify music before words? That’s probably the origin for lullabies and why we tend to speak to them in a sing-song voice! Nature has an answer for everything!
This love for music never really goes away, and if nurtured properly, you can raise kids to learn to appreciate good music. And how do you start that? By making some music of their own!
Don’t worry, we’re not talking about expensive piano or cello lessons, unless that’s what you want, of course. Today we’re talking about making not just our own music, but our own instruments as well! Here are 20 simple DIY Musical Instruments for kids to make and play and just liven up the atmosphere!
One of the first musical instruments kids play with is a drum – even if it’s just banging on an upturned bucket! This DIY hand drum from Julep is pretty and fun to carry around and just go titter tatter on either side!
This tambourine from Kids Craft Room not just sounds delightful, it looks great as well! The painting is a good exercise in concentration and patience and the bells give it that lovely sound.
If you’ve got an unused cardboard roll tube lying around, you have got to make this simple craft! Mum in the Madhouse makes it look so easy, beans inside the tube – but it’s really the washi tape decoration that makes this one a winner!
Does jewelry count as a musical instrument? These fringe anklets from Giggles Galore sure do!! With pink felt, blingy sequins and little bells, this is every little girl’s dream! Just tie them on and dance away!
We love using bits from nature to make crafts and this time we’ve used Gulmohar pods as a natural percussion instrument. It’s a lot of fun to paint on and decorate and you get a soothing, gentle sound out of it – just like Nature!
Have you seen those Latin American shows or movies where people gleefully shake maracas and sway their bodies? There’s something so fun about this instrument that you can’t help but move along! Maybe that’s why babies love rattles so much! Check out the instructions for this one from Oriental Trading.
Ever fancied playing a pan flute? Well, you can make one yourself now!! Cultura Creas has a lovely pan flute DIY, complete with feathers and all! Translate the page for English instructions, and let the kids experiment with straws of different materials to see how the sounds turn out.
Do you remember playing with Kazoos as a kid? Well, let’s relive those memories with our own kids with a bunch of homemade kazoos – in multicolor! ID Kids has the tutorial to make these – all you need are toilet rolls and tissue paper and a bunch of usual craft supplies you likely already have.
When you’re out for a walk on the beach next time, be sure to pick up some drift wood and shells. You’ll thank me later, as you make this lovely musical instrument from Red Ted Art! Those shells bump against each other for a lovely sound reminding you of the harmony of the ocean.
This isn’t one of those guitars that look great but do nothing else – this one actually works! Use rubber bands on the shoe box and go ahead strumming away to your own tune! Check out the full video tutorial at Real Simple.
Don’t throw away those strips and scraps of wood after a home project – you’ll need them for this xylophone from Borrowed Blessings! It’s amazing what some bring paint can do to trash. Use a sponge or felt covered drumstick to keep the paint on for longer.
Sticks, toothpicks and rubber bands – very mundane household items that come together to create some beautiful melodies! Yes, music will happen when you make this harmonica craft from She Knows. Don’t forget to paint it in pretty colors of your choice!
These bottle top castanets are so fun – you can carry them around in your pocket and go clickety clack whenever you please! And the fact that they look like crocodiles only makes it better! Check out Red Ted Art to find out how to make these little instruments.
Ready for some larger size drums? Then check out these cute ones form Mini Eco, designed to be perfect for toddlers! If you’re making a set, try out different materials besides balloon so that you get different sounds from each.
You might think it’s impossible to make a trumpet at home, but Tea Time Monkeys proves otherwise! The ever versatile cardboard tube roll comes to the fore again, and combines with craft paper to create a simple trumpet that’s sure to delight the younger lot!
Yes, even bobby pins can create music, if you use them right! Thrifty Fun shows us how to use these pins on a wooden board to create your very own thumb piano. If you want to avoid the staple gun, you can use some really strong tape and stick the pins in place.
Punekar Sneha has a genius idea of converting coconut shells into mini tablas – a popular Indian drum. They look so cute, they’d be perfect for Diwali! Don’t forget to take out the flesh first!
We’ve got drums, so what’s missing? Cymbals, of course! Check out First Palette to make these simple but clever cymbals out of paper plates. Wondering where the sound’s going to come from? Old coins glued to the inside!
Here’s a super cute craft that’s just begging to be made! The Craft Train recycles jar lids into little banjos with craft stick handles and loom bands for strings. Decorate with washi tape and embellishments and you’re done!
Yes, your child’s voice is also music, and a cool microphone will give her the confidence to let it out with vigor! I Heart Arts and Crafts has a tutorial for a super cute and extremely easy to make microphone that can be customized to your heart’s liking.
These DIY Musical Instruments for Kids aren’t just fun to make and play, they’re also a learning opportunity. Kids can learn about how ancient people made instruments with what they found in nature, and about how different cultures have different kinds of music. And yet, a good beat and a good rhythm will have anyone’s foot tapping – that’s the power of music to unite!!
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Did you know that singing in schools helps children feel better about themselves and improves their community spirit? And that mastering a musical instrument improves the way the human brain processes parts of spoken language? For these reasons and more, it’s important to make music a part of your student’s educational journey.
So why not make music fun and inventive with some homemade instruments? Here are six DIY instruments that you can make at home with your kids that will help you teach them musical concepts.
Harmonicas are fascinating, with their petite size and distinct sound, but how do they work? If you take a look at the inside of a harmonica, you will see that thin strips of brass—all different lengths—vibrate when you breathe into the harp. You can mimic this setup by taping different sized straws together and blowing into the airways. Or, filling glasses with different amounts of water and lightly dinging the rim of the glass with a spoon.
Drums create the rhythm to a tune, making this instrument a key element in a tempo lesson. Whether you dance to the beat or sing along with the percussion, drums are a great guide. You can create drums at home by using everyday items like soup cans, Pringles containers, or even a tabletop! All you need is some kind of a drum stick to tap along with.
Another form of percussion is the tambourine. You’ll often see singers with a tambourine because they’re able to multi-task with one free hand to hold the mic. If you’re looking for a fun musical addition for your kids’ acoustic act, then the tambourine may be just what you need. And this DIY version is quieter than the traditional kind!
If you’re looking for an instrument with a multitude of sounds, you may want to offer this musical water xylophone. By filling the cups with different amounts of water and tapping the glasses with a spoon, your kids can hear all the different tones that are produced. This is a great activity to complete with a friend (or little brother or sister), too. Get them started on a beat to a certain tempo with one cup, and you can join in with another sound or a different cup. Soon you’ll be on your way to making your very own homemade musical masterpiece!
The rainstick is another distinct noise often associated with indigenous cultures. Bring that ancient sound to your DIY band with a homemade rainstick, and hopefully you’ll inspire a calming effect in your home! You can make this one with a cardboard tube, some ribbons, paper, and pebbles or beans for the sound.
And no need to leave out country music as you make these DIY instruments. Parents.com offers instructions for making your own paper plate banjo. Bring the mic and soon you’ll have a whole band in your home.
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If you have whisks lying around your house, then you have the ability to make some quick and easy homemade maracas. My favorite way to do this is to find some jingle bells and fill the whisk with it by pushing back one of the wires to stuff them inside. You can even make different sounds with different maracas by varying the size of the whisk and/or the bells.
It’s as simple as finding an old box and a variety of rubber bands. This one from Dirt and Boogers is the prime example of how to do this. I love that she even uses a variety of colored rubber bands. I know that the thickness of the band can change the sound so everything from the classic green on newspapers to the thick purple of produce, find some fun sounds to make with those rubber bands.
I have also seen this done with a tissue box since the opening is a lot like a guitar.
What kid doesn’t love banging things together?! And of course, we don’t want glass lids broken or anything too crazy happening, right? So the perfect solution for us was to use some metal condiment cups. They make great music makers when hit together and their sound is not completely deafening. 😉
Again, the metal condiment cups come in extremely handy. We fill one side with nuts and/or beans, place the other open side on top and wrap a rubber band around them. Of course you can also do this with Easter eggs as well.
We have also made a shaker out of an oatmeal container. We attached rubber bands on the side and down the length of it so that there was the option to pluck for sounds as well. School Time Snippets even has a great noise maker that they made for the 4th of July that would be a fun music project.
All you really need for a crow sounder is an old tin can and a kitchen utensil to run across the ribs of the can. They also make great gock block and drums, especially is you attach them to a dowel rod or something to make it easy to hold. (Just be sure that you have sanded any sharp edges and/or appropriately dealt with any safety concerns)
Whether it is made of wood, metal, or water in glasses, there are a few ways to explore the sounds of xylophones.
And Next Comes L has a great tutorial on making a Homemade Rainbow Xylophone out of scrap wood. It’s both beautiful and functional! Laughing Kids Learn also has an activity using water in glasses to explore xylophone sounds!
While some people go all out with metal pipes and professional looking music stations, it doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. Play Dr. Mom has some quick and easy ideas on how to make a music area outside for play and exploration.
I absolutely love this homemade musical instrument from Pink Stripey Socks. It’s a rattle drum (or as some call it a monkey drum). This is a great intro into music for little babies and even a fun toy for older children as well. You just need a few things from around the house like spare cardboard and twine, and you can make this fun and easy instrument.
This great idea from Laughing Kids Learn incorporates the simple aboriginal clapping sounds by using paint stirring sticks. This would make both a great instrument and a great art project for your tots and kids. Such a fun and easy way to re-use old paint stir sticks too!
Castanets are the instruments that make the clopping sound kind of like the way a galloping horse sounds.
These coconut shell instruments from Two-Daloo make that sound as well!(Plus they are extremely cute and easier for young kids to use)This would be such a fun way to explore the sounds around us and how we can replicate them. Definitely a great upcycle, learning lesson, and of course homemade musical instrument.
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Make amazing homemade musical instruments that really work, recycled from things you already have at home! This list of 31 easy-to-make instruments is perfect for kids of all ages. Besides fun, exploring music is a critical part of healthy childhood development.
In this post, you will find homemade percussion, string, brass, and wind instruments. Start now and you’ll have a family band before you know it!
Cut a piece of paper to fit around a CAN with a plastic lid; large coffee cans work well, but any size can be used. Decorate the paper with crayons and markers–Attach the paper around the can with tape.
You can also use an empty PLASTIC JUG, or WOODEN BOWL turned upside down or metal POT or BOWL.
You can check out our list of best toddler drum sets as well.
2. BONGO DRUM
Turn a cooking pan over and beat on the bottom of it with a wooden spoon.
Collect a round box, such as an oatmeal box or a potato chip container. Carefully make two small slits, about 2 inches apart, near the top of the box. Thread the box onto a child’s belt (or a shortened adult belt).
Use hands to tap on the drums— a wooden spoon, metal spoon, rubber spatula, whisk or a basting brush. Make drumsticks with two unsharpened pencils with erasers. Or…Attach an empty thread spool on one end of the pencils or wrap a thick rubber band around one end of each pencil. Have children experiment with the variety of sounds and tones they can make.
Keys, set of metal measuring spoons, small set of wind chimes.
A container of toothpicks, a container of nails or tacks or an envelope of flower seeds.
Put pop can tabs/tops or beans inside of a Pringles can. Secure the plastic lid of the can with tape. Paint or cover the can with construction paper and shake it!
Use an large empty spool from lanyard, curling ribbon, wire, etc. to make musical shakers.
Large Empty Spool
Foamy Shape (Star, circle, etc.)
Rice, Beans or Beads
Paint the spool. Let it dry. Glue a foam shape over the opening on one end. Drop in a few beans in the other end. Glue a foamy shape over that end to keep the beans inside.
Cut long pieces of curling ribbon and tie it to the core of the spool. Curl with scissors.
Empty plastic water bottles with their caps
Masking tape (plain or bright colors)
Paint and/or markers (of not using colored tape)
Dried beans or popcorn kernels
1.Going horizontally, wrap the water bottle from top to bottom with masking tape. If using colored masking tape, alternate the colors to make a bright design.
2. If using plain masking tape, decorate the maraca by drawing or painting designs on the masking tape.
3. Fill the water bottle half-way with popcorn or dried beans. Replace bottle cap and shake!
Watch this video for a complete tutorial on how to make them!
Easy to make from empty film canisters and craft sticks.
Empty Film Canisters
Colored or Black Vinyl Tape
Black Marker or Paint
Rice, Beans, or Beads
1. Paint the craft sticks black.
2. Decorate the sticks and the containers using colored vinyl tape.
3. Cut a slit in the tops to hold the craft sticks securely. Fill containers half full with rice, beans or beads. Replace the tops.
4. Push in the crafts sticks.
Source: Dawn of Morganton-North Carolina.
1. Have kids paint their paper plates (eating-side down) any color and design they choose. The brighter the better!
2. Once paint is dry, fill one paper plate with dried beans, popcorn kernels, or anything that will make noise.
3. Glue the paper plates together…and shake!
Optional: Glue or staple long crepe paper streamers if desired.
Tie a string around the top of a wire coat hanger and bend the hook closed. Hold onto the string and hit the hanger with a metal spoon.
Punch two holes in two identical small jar lids. Then poke a small chenille stem through the holes and twist to make finger handles. Child puts one on each pointer finger and bangs them together.
Have children bang metal pan lids together.
Tall glasses or jars, water, mixing spoon
…These aren’t necessarily recycled–but yes… are instruments
Need: Drinking glasses, Water, Spoon
Instructions: Fill drinking glasses with different amounts of water and have child tap on the glasses with a spoon. Have them listen carefully to detect the different sounds made.
An empty crystal wine glass or champagne flute works best for this.
Hold the glass as far down on the base of the stem as you can. Do not hold it on the flat bottom.
Dip the index finger of your other hand into a glass of water. Take that finger and lightly rub it along the rim of your empty wine glass. This should produce a humming sound.
The more you practice, the more you’ll get a feel for how light or hard you should rub your finger on the glass to produce different sounds.
Pancake flipper, metal grater, metal sifter and two pieces of sandpaper.
Cover the bottom of a with used gift wrap paper. Save the lid for another project. Stretch 5-7 rubber bands around the. Place the rubber bands 2”-3” apart. Use rubber bands of different sizes and widths. Strum the guitar with fingers or use the plastic tags that fasten bread bags closed as guitar picks.
String three or four bells onto a chenille stem. Twist the ends together to form a bracelet.
Hold 5 OR 6 chenille stems together and tape them securely in place with electrician’s tape or masking tape. Thread a jingle bell on the untaped end of each chenille stem. Twist the end of the chenille around to hold the bell in place. Let your child shake the Jingle Wand to make the bells jingle.
Ruler or stick, washers, nail polish, string, mixing spoon
Need: Toilet Paper Tubes, Wax Paper, Rubber Band, Paint
Decorate a toilet paper tube with paint. Then punch a hole about a half-inch down the tube. Last…put a circle of wax paper over one end and secure it with a rubber band. Now your children can play music from a recycled toilet paper tube.
Cut a piece of paper of fit around a paper towel tube. Decorate the paper with crayons or markers and attach it to the tube with tape. Use the end of a pen or pencil to place a row of holes along one side of the tube. Squeeze one end of the tube together and staple it in the center, leaving two open portions on either side of the staple. Hum or sing into the open end.
An ordinary soda straw can be used to make a musical note as well as the funny noises you here when you suck the last drop out of soda from a glass. Here, we will make a great musical clarinet! Flatten about half an inch of the end of a paper drinking straw. Then cut a point in the flattened end. Put the flattened end into your mouth, and be careful not to tough the points with your lips, and blow hard. The points will vibrate rapidly and you will produce a musical note.
If you cut pieces of straws at various lengths, you can make many different notes, because the tone is changed by the amount of air vibrating inside the straw.
Blow over the tops of bottles to make interesting sounds; Fill the bottles with different amounts of water to find out if the sounds you make change.
Pocket comb, tissue paper
Fold a piece of tissue paper over the tooth edge of a comb. To play, hum through the tissue paper.
If you take 1″ schedule 40 PVC pipe (inexpensive pipe for drinking water ) and apply a natural rim of bees wax on one end, you have a didgeridoo. You can cut this at different lengths to get higher/lower sounds. You could also paint this to be traditional.
Extension Ideas- Have the kids research:
1) What is a didgeridoo?
2) Where are they from?
3) What is a onomatopoeia?
4) How do sound waves travel?
5) Will the didgeridoo sound higher or lower when you cut it to make it smaller?
6) How is a traditional didgeridoo made?
From: Doug/Florida (fluflu66)
HOW TO PLAY THE DIDGERIDOO:
The didgeridoo is an instrument from Australia that is easy to start learning, but offers a way to bring some eclectic world flavor into your music life.
1. Sit down. It will be more comfortable and easier to drone for a longer period of time if you’re sitting.
2. Relax. Get your mouth wet, your lips loose, and your breath coming easy. Have water ready, if you’re a bit dry.
3. Hold the didgeridoo in front of you. Find a comfortable way to hold it steady. Some people like to hold the end of the instrument with their feet.
4. Choose your playing style. You can play the didgeridoo directly in front of your mouth, or off to the side of your lips. Each way has its own benefits, and one may be more comfortable to you.
5. Loosen your lips and blow through them like, “Brbrbrbrbrbrbr.” If you are familiar with playing brass instruments, this will be something like getting ready to play a tuba.
6. Bring your lips to the mouthpiece to seal, but not too hard. You want to leave room for your lips to move a little.
Blow the same loose raspberry. You may make some ugly noises at first, but the didgeridoo will help you find the right note by tightening or loosening your lips.
7. If you’re tooting a high note like a trumpet, you may either be holding your lips too tight, or blowing too hard. You’re not trying to move the air through the tube, you’re just trying to get it to vibrate.
Don’t hum into the tube. (At least, not yet.) That’s not how you get the drone started.
8. If you’ve found the right vibration, you should be getting a low, rumbly note out of the didgeridoo. It should be easy to maintain the note with just a little bit of air pressure. This is called the drone.
‘If you really want to get into the Didgeridoo’ TIPS:
1. Once you’re comfortable with the basic drone, you can change the shape of your mouth to coax some different sounds out of the instrument. Try mouthing vowels while droning, like, “Eeeeeeoooooeeeeooooo.”
2. If you feel up to a challenge, try adding a little bit of vocalization while keeping your drone steady. Humming, barking, or singing down the tube while droning can get some neat effects.
3. If you can roll your r’s try it, both with and without vocalization. If you don’t have the “tube-tongue” r-rolling phenotype, you can still get some good effects just moving your tongue around in your mouth.
4. You can get a tremolo effect by rapidly contracting/relaxing your diaphragm.
5. Remember to breathe! Take care not to get woozy or pass out. The way experienced players keep the drone going is by blowing out while breathing in, not forgetting to breathe in at all.
Watch videos to take your didgeridoo playing to the next level!
1. START A PROGRAM GREEN BAND! (Green-because it’s made from ‘recycled’ materials) Invite children to join the musical group …OR…
2. HAVE A MARCHING BAND!…OR…
3. HAVE A PARADE!!!
NO MATTER WHAT YOU CHOOSE TO DO WITH THE INSTRUMENTS:
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