42 Splendidly Creative Homemade Musical Instruments With the weather turning chilly, we are finding ourselves inside more often. More indoor play, reading, art, and far more crafting too. In fact, I am trying very hard to pick up knitting once again (and when I say once again, I mean from when I was about 8 years old). Our Quiet Bins are in full swing now, helping my little ones settle into peaceful days. The kids have also found themselves creating a lot more. With a looooonnnng winter ahead, I thought it would be a good idea to stock up on some ideas for homemade musical instruments. (May contain affiliate links – thank you for your support) Rhythmic Shaker – this was the activity that started the fascination with DIY musical instruments for my boys. Kalimba Musical Instrument by Herding Cats George – A paper plate (and we all know my love for a good paper plate craft!) Nutshell Musical Instrument by Artists Helping Children – now this is an easy homemade instrument! Wooden Xylophone by In Lieu of Preschool – What a neat idea! Save
Homemade Musical Instruments Crafts for Kids These homemade instruments and noisemakers are for the most part quick and easy to make and based on simple recycled materials. Kids can make a fantastic kitchen band of their own, or perhaps use them to ring in the New Year with style? A popular old-fashioned noise-making toy, the Chinese drum (rattle) is twisted in the hand so that the beads bounce of it and make a noise. With practise you can get a good rhythm going! These homemade cymbals are perfect for younger kids to make and play in their own kitchen band! This homemade Rainmaker is a fun way to make lots of noise at a celebration such as New Year's Eve or a birthday - or just for a kitchen band! This homemade trumpet will allow the children to "toot" very noisily whenever a loud noise is required! Kwanzaa is often celebrated with traditional African music, with the rhythm provided by African drums. Children will have fun designing and then decorating their own didgeridoo in bright colours.
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Daria - World Music for Children - Make a String Thing Making an actual dulcimer or guitar can require special tools and parts that may not be readily available in most houses or schools. However, the things needed to play around with strings and sound can be found anywhere. Check out this easy-to-make String Thing! You will need a sturdy container and a bunch of different sized, different colored rubber bands. The container must be rather strong since it needs to hold up to the pressure of the rubber bands around it. Simply place your rubber bands around your String Thing in an order that is pleasing to your ear. Then – play! With a little effort, you can have a unique instrument and be creating simple melodies all your own!
Purim Noisemaker | Free Kids Crafts The noise maker or grogger is a classic Purim prop used during the reading of the Megillat Esther (Book of Esther) to make noise every time the name of the evil Haman is mentioned. The reading takes about 1/2 hour, and during that time children who are old enough to come to the reading must sit quietly so that everyone can hear every single word of the story. So listening for Haman’s name gives everyone a reason to pay attention! Supplies Plastic cups, any size, clear works well too! Instructions 1.Fill one of the cups about 1/4 full with dried beans or anything else you have on hand that will make noise when shaken. 2.Attache the popsicle stick to one cup with hot glue, and then join two cups together with hot glue. 3.Decorate the cups with electrical tape and stickers 4.Enjoy making lots of noise on Purim! This craft is reprinted courtesy of CreativeJewishMom.com. Contributor CreativeJewishMom.com
kicked oooout Well folks, my CWTS career is over. We got the boot. I guess my photography covered dresser was not well received. I kinda had a feeling everyone would do dressers.But my husband loves it, so it’s okay. Of course, plaster your child’s cute face all over anything and you’ll like it too :)Here are some photos of it. How to make your own photo covered dresser:Materials:One ugly dresserlots of black and white photographs (I used 150+ 4″ by 6″ prints)Matte Mod Podge for the outsideGlossy Mod Podge for the drawersA paper cutterFoam BrushPaintbrushNew hardware (optional)Step 1: Remove old hardwareStep 2: Go to town mod podging photographs all over your dresser every which way. And not eating brownies for breakfast. It was fun anyway!
Inkscape. Draw Freely. 10 minute toilet roll shakers Last week my daughter came home from pre-school showing off a fancy toilet roll shaker she had made. She danced around the house shaking it with a huge smile on her face for quite a while. My youngest daughter goes to the same pre school but is in a different class and didn’t get to make a shaker, so quite understandably she was green with envy. Fights ensued and I’m sure you get the picture without further details. You will need • Toilet rolls (1 per shaker) • Duct or electrical tape • Milk bottle caps (2 per shaker) • Black marker • Dried beans, rice, coffee beans or similar to make the shaking sound • Paints if desired, although they aren’t really necessary How to You can use painted or plain toilet rolls. Stick a milk bottle cap on to the end of a toilet roll with electrical (or duct) tape. Fill your toilet roll with the dried beans (we used coffee beans and rice in ours). Tape another lid on to the other end of the toilet roll enclosing the beans. You’re done! Shake & dance!
Making a Magic (Drinking Straw) Flute Maybe my kids are weird but both of them love using drinking straws. So we had all the supplies we needed on hand for this little craft – nine straws and some clear tape. When I told my son we were making a flute, he was super excited. His classroom teacher is getting married and has been sharing details of the ceremony. “You know what the only instrument being played at her wedding is, Mom?” Before we got crafty, we read a wonderful book. Before we got into the story, we went through the cast of characters on the opening few pages. With the book read, I asked my son to grab his ruler, scissors, nine straws, and some clear tape. The first straw was set aside; it required no cutting. Now my son laid a long piece of clear tape sticky side up on the table and lined the straws up longest to shortest, with the tops of each even with one another. It was time to play our ‘magical’ flute! “I would play it for my brother to make him fall asleep,” he wrote.
Lateral Thinking Puzzles Lateral thinking puzzles that challenge your preconceptions. 1. You are driving down the road in your car on a wild, stormy night, when you pass by a bus stop and you see three people waiting for the bus: 1. Knowing that there can only be one passenger in your car, whom would you choose? Hint: You can make everyone happy. Solution: The old lady of course! 2. Hint: The police only know two things, that the criminal's name is John and that he is in a particular house. Solution: The fireman is the only man in the room. 3. Hint: He is very proud, so refuses to ever ask for help. Solution: The man is a dwarf. 4. Hint: It does not matter what the baby lands on, and it has nothing to do with luck. Solution: The baby fell out of a ground floor window. 5. Hint: His mother was an odd woman. Solution: When Bad Boy Bubby opened the cellar door he saw the living room and, through its windows, the garden. 6. Hint: This has nothing to do with adoption or time travel. 7.
The Ultimate List of Online Music Education Games Having a background as a music teacher, I often get the asked what resources are available for homeschoolers to grow in their music studies. As such, today I’d like to share with you an Ultimate List of Online Music Education Games available for FREE to public and homeschoolers alike to have fun while learning more about music. Whether playing via iPad, SmartBoard, or laptop, each resource provides supportive games and activities to reinforce music concepts at home. For your browsing convenience, these online music education games are organized into the following categories: aural training, composers, composition, instruments, notation, symbols/vocabulary and variety. Aural Training Composers Composition Musical Instruments Notation Symbols and Vocabulary Variety These websites could not be limited to one particular musical focus but have several online music education games covering a wide-variety of musical instruments and elements. SFS KidsThe New York Philharmonic Kids Zone
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