All over the world people make music in the most interesting ways. You might be surprised at the great instruments that you can craft at home based on many of these simple world music instruments. Best of all, these activities all use recycled, on-hand materials. From a pow-wow style drum your kids will love to play, to an African shekere to made-at-home maracas, you can create enough instruments here for some serious jamming! And you just might discover some hidden talents in your family or friends as you create your own childrens music.
So, if want to celebrate Earth Day with a silly song or if you’re looking for some creative and crafty musical fun, try your hand at some of these great activities below that come from the Parent’s Choice Award-winning website – www.dariamusic.com.
How to Make Instruments:
DidgeridooMaterials: pvc piping or long gift wrap paper tube, materials for decorationLink: http://www.dariamusic.com/make_Didg.php
WashboardMaterials: sturdy cardboard, manila folder, materials for decorationLink: http://www.dariamusic.com/make_Washboard.php
String ThingMaterials: sturdy metal or plastic box, rubber bands in various sizesLink: http://www.dariamusic.com/make_String.php
GuiroMaterials: plastic water bottle with ridges, unsharpened pencil, hair pick or used chopstick (as scraper), materials for decorationLink: http://www.dariamusic.com/make_Guiro.php
Pow-Wow DrumMaterials: large piece of sturdy material (such as vinyl), materials for decorationLink: http://www.dariamusic.com/make_Drum.php
Make a Drum BeaterMaterials: long stick, electrical tape, materials for decorationLink: http://www.dariamusic.com/make_beater.php
CajÃ³n (box drum)Materials: sturdy cardboard box, materials for decorationLink: http://www.dariamusic.com/make_Cajon.php
ShekereMaterials: Recycled milk jug, stickers, about a handful of any small material such as rice, birdseed or dried macaroniLink: http://www.dariamusic.com/make_Shekere.php
MaracasMaterials: two small plastic water bottles, two toilet paper tubes, about a handful of any small material such as rice, birdseed or dried macaroni, electrical tape
Recycled Rattles – Nature Walk RattlesMaterials: any clear recycled container, any items found on a nature walk, electrical tapeLink: http://tinytappingtoes.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/take-a-nature-walkmake-a-recycled-rattle/
SistrumMaterials: either a wire coat hanger or a tree branch shaped like a \”y\”, jewelry wire or any thin wire, beads, jingles, buttons or other \”jangley\” objects.Links: http://www.dariamusic.com/docs/ecosistrum.pdf and: http://www.dariamusic.com/docs/naturalsistrum.pdf
GongMaterials: large roasting pan, pipecleaners, large tube from gift wrap or large stick, stick (ruler or unsharpened pencil) for the beater, electrical tape, materials for decoration
Cajita (little box percussion instrument)Materials: cigar box, wooden dowel, small cabinet knob, materials for decorationLink: http://wp.me/p1gB0a-13
KalimbaMaterials: small pieces of wood, bobby pins, push pins, glue
Ocean DrumMaterials: any shipping box, small piece of sturdy plastic or vinyl, packing tape, about a handful of any small material such as rice, birdseed or dried macaroni, materials for decoration
Now that we have shared resources that show you how to make instruments, which one will you be making as we celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd?