Helping to make and playing homemade instruments is a fun activity for preschoolers. Each child can make a different instrument or they all can make the same one. Here are some simple instruments to make.
Put on some marching music.
| Encourage your children to march around the room (or outdoors) playing their chosen instrument.
| BAND MUSIC
Go to the Music Station and look for Band Songs.
Hold five or six chenille stems together and tape them securely in
place with electrician's tape or masking tape. Thread a jingle bell
on the untaped end of each chenille stem. Twist the end of the chenille
around to hold the bell in place. Let your child shake the Jingle
Wand to make the bells jingle.
Find a clean, empty plastic container with a screw-on lid, such as
a peanut butter jar or a individual serving juice or milk bottle.
Put a spoonful of rice or dried beans in the container. Put some glue
around the edge of the container and screw the lid on tightly. Allow
the glue to dry before shaking. Decorate with stickers or colorful
| Belt Drum
Collect a round box, such as an oatmeal box or a potato chip container.
Carefully make two small slits, about 2 inches apart, near the top
of the box. Thread the box onto a child's belt (or a shortened adult
belt). Let your child play the Belt Drum with his or her hands or
with unsharpened pencil "drum sticks."
Your child will love playing in this band. Set out a variety of metal
pots and pans, as well as different "drum sticks," such
as a wooden spoon, a metal spoon, a rubber spatula, a whisk, and a
basting brush. Let your child experiment with the variety of sounds
and tones he or she can make. You may even want to try clanging two
metal pan lids together for cymbals.
Have your child select one of the instruments. Put on some lively
music. Let your child play the instrument while marching from room
to room. Every so often, let your child choose a different instrument
to play while marching. If you wish, choose an instrument for yourself
and join your child's Instrument Parade.