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Music is wonderful! It can be used to help relax our sweet little preschoolers, it can energize and entertain them, and it can be used for educational purposes. You can use musical instruments to teach counting by leading your child in counting each time they beat the drum or shake the maracas! Are you ready to create some fun homemade instruments to play with your preschooler?
Plastic Bottle Shaker
Begin with an empty plastic bottle. A water bottle or milk bottle from a fast food child’s meal works well. Add dried beans or rice to the bottle. Let your preschooler test the sound and decide if more or less beans or rice are needed. Secure the lid with super glue or hot glue and allow it to dry. Your preschooler may enjoy decorating the outside of their shaker before making some music!
Tin Can Drum
Using a tin can with a pull tab, a balloon, rubber bands, and some sort of drum sticks, you and your preschooler can create a fun drum. Please make sure to check the can for sharp edges prior to beginning. Cut the end off the balloon and stretch it over the opening of the can, secure the balloon with a couple rubber bands. Choose your drum sticks (i.e. small sticks from outside, chopsticks) and have fun making music with your preschooler! Your preschooler may also enjoy decorating the can to make their drum extra festive.
Paper Plate Tambourines
Give your preschooler two paper or styrofoam plates and allow them to decorate the bottoms of the plates. Next, help your child with adding dry beans or pasta to the top side of one plate. Place the other plate upside down on the first plate and staple around the edges to keep the contents inside.
We have used recycled or repurposed items to create fun instruments for your preschooler. Please keep safety in mind and be mindful of choking hazards or sharp edges of items used. Now, enjoy these fun homemade instruments with your preschooler!
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