How to Make Musical Instruments at Home

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Making musical instruments at home is a great way to introduce children to the world of music and history. Many instruments that you see in orchestras and bands today are derived from ancient and primitive instruments. You can replicate these instruments using household items to create a fun and musical craft project.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 paper plates
  • 1/4 cup dried beans
  • Stapler and staples
  • Scissors
  • 7 thick rubber bands
  • Oatmeal container
  • Wax paper
  • Empty shoe box
  • 12 brass fasteners
  • 1 toilet paper roll
  • Paints, crayons or markers
  • Construct a show box guitar. Cut a circle out of the middle of an empty shoe box using scissors. Cut six rubber bands so that they can be stretched out to their full length. Press brass fasteners into the shoe box, placing six on the top and six on the bottom of the box. Stretch out the rubber bands, one at a time, tying them onto the fasteners. Cut a toilet paper roll in half, and slide in underneath the rubber bands below the hole. Discuss with your child how the sound is made inside the guitar, and how the ancient peoples may have created the first guitar.

  • Construct a paper plate maraca. Color the front sides of two paper plates using paints, markers or crayons. Once the plates are dry, fill the bottom of one plate with 1/4 cup of dried beans. Place the other plate on top of the first, and staple around the outside edge. Place the staples close together so that the beans do not fall out. Discuss with your child where the maraca came from and how people may have invented it.

  • Construct an oatmeal container drum. Paint the outside of an empty oatmeal container. Once the paint is dry, place a 8-inch square of wax paper on the top of the container. Stretch a rubber band over the top of the wax paper, securing it to the container. Discuss with your child how the ancients might have thought of the design for the drum.

Tips & Warnings

  • Help younger children use the stapler and the scissors.

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