Making musical instruments is a delightful way to integrate the arts, to learn about the world’s cultures, and to promote thinking and motor skills.
With children, learn about and experiment with different ways to make sounds: chordophone (tuned strings, such as violin, piano), aerophone (with air, such as clarinets, voice), membranophone (surface such as drum), idiophone (self-vibrating, such as tria
After children have multiple experiences with making sounds, encourage them to invent their own instruments. Offer a wide variety of safe recycled items.
Use your imagination to invent a musical instrument, or create a familiar one, such as a rain stick or tambourine. Here’s how to make a drum with an oatmeal box or coffee can.
Measure construction paper to fit around your drum. If you are 4 or older, cut the paper with Crayola® Scissors. An adult can help if you are younger.
Lay the paper flat. Design the sides and head (top) of the drum using Crayola® Construction Paper™ Crayons. Make the drum sparkle by adding Crayola® Glitter Glue highlights. Dry overnight.
Wrap the paper around the drum and seal with Crayola® School Glue. Dry overnight.
To make drumsticks, decorate two craft sticks or dowel sticks with markers and glitter glue. Dry overnight. Make a ball of Crayola® Model Magic® for the tips of the drumsticks. Push the drum sticks into the compound and glue them together. Dry overnight.
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