Fun Make-Your-Own Instrument Ideas
Usually, about this time, every summer, I hear those oft-dreaded words that every parent hears from time to time: “I’m bored!”
To provide a creative opportunity as well as keep the kiddos busy, try making your own musical instruments. Here’s how:
IDEA #1 MAKE A WAVE DRUM
NEEDED: 2 sturdy paper plates, colored painters tape or electrical tape, beans, rice or bells, stickers or markers.
STEPS: Take 1 paper plate and have the child place an assortment of beans, rice and or bells in the center of the paper plate. Second have the child place the other paper plate upside ddown on top of the first. Then tape all around the edges. Lastly, have the child decorate the wave drum with whatever crafty things you may have around the house: markers, crayons, star stickers, colored dot stickers, etc.
ALTERNATIVE IDEA: Substitute two of the colored plastic Solo-brand plates with Fruit Loops cereal inside. For you more creative types, visit your local Hobby Lobby or Michael’s to find some tiny beads to add for that extra-special sound.
IDEA #2 MAKE A CUP SHAKER
NEEDED: 2 small plastic or paper cups, assortment of beans/rice and packing tape or painters tape.
STEPS: Take 1 cup and have the child fill cup with an assortment of beans or rice. Then take the second cup upside down and place on top of the first cup. Then tape the two cups together and decorate.
ALTERNATIVE IDEA: Use the core from a roll of toilet paper. Wrap wax paper over the bottom and place a rubber band to secure. Fill with assorted dried beans and/or rice, then wrap second piece of wax paper over the other end. Secure with rubber band. For more permanence, tape securely around the sides over the wax paper. Try different combinations of salt, sand, rice, and beans to see which sound you prefer.
IDEA #3 MAKE WRIST STREAMERS
NEEDED: Assortment of different colored ribbons, 3/8 – 1/2″ wide, ponytail holders (rubber bands for hair) without the metal piece at the join or small soft scrunchie.
STEPS: Cut 36″-48″ of individual ribbons and fold in two. Lay the loop under the hairband and then pull two ends of the ribbon over the hairband through the loop on the other side. Pull to tighten. The bands are a perfect fit for the little wrists, and the ones without the metal pieces will not pinch. The scrunchies will not fit as tightly around the wrist as the ponytail holders, but might be easier to slide on.
Many times you can find ribbon on sale 3 rolls for $1.00 at Michael’s and Joann’s. These rolls usually have 9-10 yards on each roll, plenty to make several streamers. Make extras for your friend’s children to play with when they visit while the two of you enjoy a cup of coffee or herbal tea and each other’s company!
Don’t forget the music! 🙂