4 easy to make musical instruments for kids

Posted by / Friday 28 October 2016 / Activities On A Budget

Music helps the body and the mind work together. Listening to music will help your children learn the sounds and meanings of words.

Dancing to music helps your child build their motor skills while allowing them to practice self-expression. It also helps strengthen their memory skills.

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  1. Find an old margarine tub, water bottle or other plastic container with lids. 
  2. Rinse out so that they are clean and dry.
  3. Fill with dry goods from your kitchen cupboard – rice and pasta are particularly good – put the top on and sellotape shut.
  4. Now get shaking!


Who needs to buy a drum when you have different sized pans and a wooden spoon or two?

Line up your pans in order of size and encourage your child to listen to the different sounds they make.

[Image by Quinn Dombrowski]



  1. Find an old clean margarine tub and some elastic bands.
  2. Stretch the elastic bands over the tub and sellotape the bands to the sides of the tub so they don’t accidently ping off.
  3. Now strum along to your favourite tune and try twanging each ‘string’ separately. [OK, so it’s not a proper guitar, but it’s a lot of fun!]

Ocean drum

  1. Take two paper or plastic plates.
  2. Pour some rice onto one of the plates – enough to cover about half the plate.
  3. Put the other over the top and tape the edges together so they are sealed all the way round.

If you tip the plates gently backwards and forwards it sounds like the Ocean. Very soothing!

[Image from Playlaughsing]


Music ignites all areas of your child's development:

  • intellectual
  • social and emotional
  • motor
  • language
  • overall literacy

It helps the body and the mind work together.

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