Make your own musical instruments

Music ignites all areas of child development: intellectual, social and emotional, motor, language, and overall literacy. It helps the body and the mind work together.

Listening to music will help young children learn the sounds and meanings of words.

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


The recycling box is a good place to start with this one.

  1. Find any old margarine tubs, water bottles or other plastic containers with lids and make sure they are clean and dry.
  2. Fill with dry goods from your kitchen cupboard – lentils, rice and pasta are particularly good – put the top on and sellotape shut.
  3. Now get shaking!


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

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


  1. Take an old clean margarine tub and some elastic bands. Stretch the elastic bands over the tub and sellotape to the sides of the tub so they don’t ping off.
  2. 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.
  4. If you tip the plates gently backwards and forwards it sounds like the ocean!


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