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DIY Instruments for Preschoolers

DIY Instruments for Preschoolers at Kids 'R' Kids Johns Creek Parkway, preschool, daycare, childcare

One of the most fun and stimulating ways to entertain your preschooler is through music, but let’s face it, we cannot always afford to spend our money on things like new instruments.  Fortunately, with a little creativity, we can make our own instruments that are just as fun and way more meaningful!


Take a clean, empty can (any size, but larger is probably better) and remove the lid and labels.  Get a square piece of fabric that is larger than the can opening and use a hot glue gun to attach it over the top.  After the glue is cool, have fun decorating the outside.  Grab some sticks or wooden kitchen utensils, and drum away!


Get 2 empty containers and add dry beans.  Put lids on firmly.  Attach popsicle sticks with strong tape. Shake away!  You can experiment with different sizes and kinds of containers and different amounts of dry beans inside until you get the sound you like.  If you are using disposable containers, have fun decorating the outside, too!


A homemade flute can be crafted from an old paper towel roll.  You will need to cut a hole for your toddler’s mouth to blow into.  Then, poke some holes down the side a little further down the tube.  Plug the top end of the tube with a circular piece of cardboard.  Your “flute” is ready!  Play around with it by covering one or more holes at a time while blowing in.  It may not sound like a real flute, but kids are great at using their imaginations!


You can create a guitar with a cereal box, cardboard tube, duct tape, and some rubber bands.  Simply cut a tube sized hole on the top of the box and another larger hole in the front of the cereal box.  Put the tube into the top hole and tape in place.  Cut slits in the top of the tube for the rubber bands to fit into.  Wrap the rubber bands around the box and into the slits at the top of the tube.  Tape them in place at the bottom of the box and at the top of the tube.  Enjoy!

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