Kids will love to make music with these easy, homemade musical instrument crafts for kids. They are great learning activities for children and the whole family.
Musical Instrument Crafts for Kids #1: Guitar
empty kleenex/tissue box
elastic bands of different sizes and widths
Remove the plastic from the kleenex/tissue box opening. Wrap elastic bands of different sizes and widths around the kleenex/tissue box.You could also use any small box with the lid removed for a guitar.
Craft Supplies Needed:
Top 1/3 of a plastic bottle
ribbon or string
Have an adult cut off the top 1/3 of a plastic pop bottle. Apply tape all around the bottom to cover any rough or sharp areas. Tie a ribbon around the top to use as a holder. Decorate with stickers.
Noisemaker(Musical Instrument Crafts for Kids)
Craft Supplies Needed:
string or yarn
markers or stickers for decoration
Punch five holes around one end of a papertowel tube. Cut five pieces of string or yarn(each piece 5 inches long).Tie each piece of string or yarn to each hole. Tie one bead onto the other end of each piece of string or yarn. Decorate the tube with markers or stickers.
piece of plastic to cover bowl
Cover a plastic bowl with a piece of plastic large enough to cover over the bowl. Pull the plastic tight across the opening of the bowl and tape the edges to the bowl.
Xylophone(Musical Instrument Crafts for Kids)
different sizes of glass jars
Fill different sizes of glass jars with different amounts of water. The more water in a jar, the lower the note will sound. Tap on the jars with the spoon to hear the different note sounds.
toilet paper tube
beans, macaroni or popcorn kernals
paper or aluminum foil
markers or crayons or paints
Put some beans or macaroni(uncooked) or popcorn kernals in the toilet paper tube. Cover the ends of the roll with paper or aluminum foil and secure firmly with tape. Decorate the tube with markers or crayons or paints. Shake the maracas to music.
(Musical Instrument Crafts for kids)
Adult assistance and supervision required.This is a project that takes a couple of days to complete.
-2 pieces of cardboard, 12 inches long and 3 inches wide.
-paper tape or masking tape
-thin pieces of wire
(these can be found in a spool at hardware store)
-12 bottle caps
(Metal pop bottle tops work well)
-12 metal washers
-nail and hammer
-1/2 cup flour
-1/2 cup water
-strips of paper(white or newspaper)
(an alternative is using coloured paper, even vibrant colors)
-tempera or poster paint
1.With an exacto knife, cut a thin long rectangle 1 inch wide and 7 inches long in the center of each piece of cardboard.
2.Tape the two pieces of cardboard together to form a circle.
3.With a wire cutter, cut 6 pieces of wire, each piece 2 1/2 inches long.
4.With a nail and hammer, make a small hole in the center of each bottle cap.( I used a nail and hammer but a drill would work well also)
5.Thread one wire through two bottle caps and two metal washers and then tape the top and bottom of the wire to the inside of the tambourine so that the bottle caps/metal washer part fits in the rectangular open space of the tambourine. Repeat with the remaining 5 wires, bottle caps and washers.
6.Mix up a paper mache paste of the water and flour.Stir/whisk well to ensure no flour lumps.
7.Cut out strips of paper about 1 1/2 inches wide and 11 inches long. Dip in paper mache paste and smooth off excess paste from strip. Cover entire cardboard tambourine(both inside and outside) with paper mache strips. Let dry. (May take 1 to 2 days).
8.Once dry, paint the inside and outside of the tambourine with tempera or poster paint. Let dry.
Did you know...
Music plays an important role in every child's development. Beginning at birth, music stimulates the brain and provides a platform for listening, language and creativity. Research shows that children who play an instrument excel academically, including scoring higher on standardized tests.
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