Looking for a create way to pass some time this weekend? Why not get rid of some of that “stuff” that’s been building up around the house at the same time? (You know what I’m talking about… empty baby formula cans, kitchen towel tubes, little glass jars etc. etc. etc. … don’t worry… we’ve all got that pile somewhere 😉 ) Here’s a great selection of instruments for you and your guys to create at home… the instructions are all pretty simple, the real magic comes in when you add your own person touch! Anyway, have fun!!
1. Giant Xylophone
This xylophone is made with 2 x 4’s and does require quite a lot of adult input. I’m sure you’re little one, though, no matter their age, will be quite excited to jump in and help with painting. This one which I found on instructables.com has been left unpainted, but I think a splash of color would add the finishing touch. Get the full instructions here.
2. Homemade Shaker Eggs
These eggs are a perfect activity for Easter, but they sound so pretty, you really can make them anytime of the year.
- Empty plastic eggs
- Uncooked rice (you can color it beforehand if you’d like)
- Colored tape
What you do:
Have your child help you fill one half of the egg a quarter way with rice (ie. an eighth of the egg more or less), then join the two halves carefully, trying not to spill the rice 🙂 cover with tape to join the seal and wahlah!! Your very own shaker eggs!
3. Homemade guitar
If you have an empty cereal box, some rubber bands and a kitchen towel tube lying around, then maybe your next project could be this cool homemade guitar! Check out the video and give it a go…
4. DIY Recycled Music Station
This DIY recycled music station is another great outside music activity, and a great way to get the kids to burn off some energy outside! They get to bang and tinker to their hearts content, and you can set this up as far from the living room as you like 🙂 (hehehe) Find the instructions over at andnextcomesl.com.
5. Tin can drum
(This is another version of the drum I have posted earlier, but this one is made using a baloon. It does create a more ‘authentic’ sound, and may be more popular with the slightly older light ones 🙂 )
- Recycled tin can preferably one of those with a tab lids so that it won’t have any sharp, jagged edges.
- Wood skewers
- Styrofoam balls
- Paint or one of your child’s artworks (optional)
What you do:
Remove the label from the tin can (if there is still one on it). Cut the end of the balloon off. Stretch the balloon over the top of the tin can. You can also have your kids paint the sides of the tin can ahead of time or glue on the artwork if you want a more personalized drum.
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