Making music doesn’t have to mean buying an expensive instrument. Instead, kids can get inspired by creating their own musical instruments and activities out of household items. The following are just a few of our favorite musical crafts for kids.
1. Tin Can Drums
Drums are one of the easiest – and most fun – instruments for kids to make. Coffee canisters, formula tins, or old paint cans can all be used to create drums. Wooden spoons, sticks, and even little hands can be used for drum sticks! For added fun, cover the cans with masking tape and let kids color or paint their own unique designs.
2. Ghungroo Ankle Bells
Learn more about another culture by creating Indian style Ghungroo ankle bells. Ankle bells are an important part of traditional Indian dancing; while known as ghungroo in North India, these ankle bells are also called salangai or chilanka in other parts of the country. Attach small jingle bells to a piece of yard or small strip of felt around the ankles and enjoy!
3. PVC Pipe Xylophone
While this project takes some space, time, and construction skills to create, it will result in a fun musical instrument that can be used for years to come! Begin by calculating the length of your pipe. If you want to create specific notes, the PVC pipe will need to be cut at exact lengths. After being cut, the pipes can be attached to the wood frame using simple plumbing brackets. Finish the xylophone by putting different color tape or paint on each pipe to differentiate between notes!
4. Egg shakers
With plastic eggs still on sale at many stores, now is the perfect time of year to create egg shakers. Rice, dried beans, small candies, cereal, beads, and more can all be used to create different sounds in different eggs. Let kids experiment with different materials and combinations to create unique shakers and sounds, and seal the plastic eggs with glue to prevent them from breaking apart during play. For added fun, put the eggs between two plastic spoons and cover in washi tape to create maracas.
5. Tissue Box Guitar
An empty tissue box, a paper towel tube, and a handful of rubber bands are all that is needed to create this guitar. Cut a hole in the top of the tissue box before inserting the paper towel tube, sealing the joint with tape. Next, add the strings by stretching the rubber bands around the length of the tissue box. Finally, decorate with paint or sticks and enjoy!