Music is something magical; the joy it brings is infectious, it brings people together, and makes them laugh, release tension and let loose. Children are ones that seem to become captivated by music, especially music with a nice up tempo to it. Music with a moderate tempo promotes good health as it persuades those to move their body to the beat which causes the heart to pump and the body to work.
A great way to encourage music in the home is by having children play musical instruments. Yes, musical instruments can cost a great deal but parents don’t need to break the bank to bring musical instruments into the home. Melodic instruments can be built right in the confines of home for a very affordable price, and for many free considering that they have the items already stored in their home.
Below I have included easy to make instruments, and instrument ideas.
Shaker- This instrument is easy to construct and fun to play. To make the shaker “maraca” you will need;
-An empty container/can similar to a coffee can, any container with a plastic lid.
-Uncooked rice or pasta
– Paper towel roll
– Metallic foil paper
-Scissors (to cut paper)
Step 1: Fill the container half way with uncooked rice or pasta and then seal it with the lid.
Step 2: Next, tape the lid down (to really secure it) and shake away.
You can also use a paper towel roll to make the maraca. The paper towel maraca will be easier for younger children to grasp. To make this paper towel maraca;
Step 1: Cut out 2 medium sized square pieces of foil.
Step 2: Take the paper towel roll and place a piece of the metallic foil paper over one end of it and then using the tape, tape the foil over the paper towel’s end.
Step 3: Place beads, uncooked pasta, or macaroni inside paper towel roll and tape the other end with more metallic foil paper.
Sep 4: Shake away!
-Children can decorate the paper towel roll with paint, crayons, markers, stickers and (if older) glitter.
(Shoebox) Guitar- To make the homemade guitar you will need;
-Small shoebox or tissue box.
-6 large rubber bands
If the box does not already have a hole in the center, you will have to cut a medium sized hole in it.
Step 1: Take six large rubber bands and loop them around the box (horizontally) from top to bottom.
Step 2: Place pencil underneath the rubber bands near the bottom portion of the box
Step 3: Once all the rubber bands are secure strum away.
Tambourine- This instrument will sound lovely. To make the homemade tambourine you will need;
– 2 foil pin pans
-Hole puncher or nail
– 7-8 jingle bells
Step 1: Take the two pie pans and punch 8 holes (using hole puncher or nail) around the sides of each.
Step 2: Take 1 jingle bell and a piece of string. Loop the string through the jingle bell so that the bell falls into the center of the string.
Step 3: Take one pie pan, sit it on its bottom and take one strand of the string (with bell) and string it through one of the 7 holes.
Step 5: Take the other pie pan, place it on top of the first pie pan and line up the holes. Then, string the other strand of string through the (lined up) hole of the pan and tightly tie both strands of string into a knot. The bell should sit nicely on the rim of the pan.
Sep 5: Continue this process until you have tied all bells onto the pie pans.
– You can tape colorful string or streamers onto the edges of the pie pan, to make it look more festive.
Drums (no preparation needed)- Children will enjoy the noise of the drum. All that is needed is a couple of pots and pans and a strainer. Stainless steel strainers make an unbelievable musical sound. To experience the wonderful sound of the strainer, turn the strainer upside down and while using a nice sized metal spoon bang on the bottom of it and scrape the sides. Let children bang away to their heart’s content. Pots and pans can also be banged on, using bare hands or spoons. Buckets and plastic bins also make for good drums which can be banged upon.
Wind Chimes- If you have wind chimes around, you can use them to suffice as the triangle instrument. Grab the wind chimes and a teaspoon and gently make music.
Voice- a child’s voice is also a musical instrument. Your child can sing over the music and if they are able to, they can whistle.
-Handclapping can be used to encourage and accompany a beat.