Well I am back and the wonderful Playing By The Book has challenged me again to come up with a lovely round up of easy kids crafts relating to a specific topic… today’s topic is MUSIC a! So I bring you over 15 Musical Instrument Crafts for Kids.
Music is something I am trying to share with my kids, through song and also by “leading by example” – recently I took up playing the piano again, just to inspire my children to have a go. However, we have not YET, made very many DIY Musical Instruments and I know we do need to make some more! About time we did!
Be sure to visit Playing by The Book to see their wonderful books all about Music!
Musical Instrument Crafts for Kids and Schools
DIY Cardboard Guitar with strings — this a simple and fun DIY guitar for kids to make. We also explored the SIMPLE SCIENCE behind Acoustics and Vibrations created by the elastic bands and acoustic “pot”. A great project for keystage 1 and keystage 2.
We love rainsticks make great musical instrument crafts for kids, they make a beautiful sound and a great DIY musical instrument project for foundation through to keystage too. Buggy and Buddy have a great Rainstick tutorial on their site!
This is a beautiful craft from the oh so beautiful Mini Eco website. A gorgeous site and a gorgeous musical instrument. We love bells and this little instrument looks gorgeous.
If the bells caught your fancy, Mini Eco also has some cute Ankle Bells, great for dancing to music too. And would make for a great little project for kids learning to Knit. If you can’t knit.. fret not, be inspired and make a smaller version and plait some ribbons and bells?
Simple Jingle Bells – super easy musical craft for kids
Similarly you can make some super quick and easy “Jingle Bracelets” using some festive jingle bells and pipecleaners. So cute! More over on Life At The Zoo!
Simple Drums – fun recycled musical instrument
Here are some simple tin drum craft we made many moons ago on Red Ted Art. With a little bit of masking tape, the children can paint geometric patterns themselves or simply go wild. Lovely.
5 minute musical craft – More Tin Drums
Another simple, colourful Tin Can Drum idea, as these balloon tin drums. They are super quick to make, can be used as drums OR shaker toys. You can leave the tins plain or paint them. Your choice!
Simple Paper Plate Shakers – Musical Instruments for Preschool
Paper Plate Tambourines (so cute!) love those golden coin shakers! The green one is a perfect Musical instrument for St Patrick’s Day.. whilst the Rainbow Shaker can be made all year round. So fun. So cute. And a great little tambourine for preschoolers to make!
A classic childhood activity, ideal for rainy days is this and pretty water xylophone from Little Page Turners. Of course you don’t have to make yours in rainbow colours, plain or in one colour would suffice, but isn’t it pretty?!
Easy DIY Castanets
Another little DIY Musical Instrument Craft are these adorable little and simple castanetes from Suite 101 (no longer available! Sorry). Perfect. Great for practising rythms.
Similarly, I have loved these adorable Click Clack crocodiles from afar for quite some time! And they are SO on our to do list. Made as little Click Clack toys, I think they double up marvellously as Castanets! From El Hada De Papel.
We have had a go at these here:
Click Clack Toys (includes and easy to follow video too)
Skip to My Lou has these oh so pretty rythm stick on her site. I think they make a great toddler craft who can paint them to their hearts content.
How aboute a DIY Tambourine instrument craft? Using embroider hoops and bottle caps, I think this is genius! From Family Fun. The original is no longer available. But here are the instructions.
Stick Bear Bottle Cap Tambourine
Similarly Family Fun, also has this wonderful forked stick tambourine craft I think I love this even more, as it combines nature and recycling in such a wonderful way! The link for this is no longer available – but you need to flatten some beer bottle caps and drill a hole in them for threading.
Or make a shell version:
Time for some Nature Music Crafts with this Nature Rattle
Similarly if you are planning a day out by the beach.. and know that it is a shell filled beach.. take a long some rubber bands and bright wool and make these gorgeously simple but oh so pretty Shell Rattles
Egg Shakers – yep, turn real egg shells into a musical instrument!
We adore making these egg shakers made from thrifty REAL eggs. The technique is simple and suitable for young hands too. Make this a great musical instrument craft for Foundation and Key stage one! As wel las fun STEAM project for Easter!
Similarly if working with older kids in Keystafe 2 (KS2), you could have a go at these Egg Maracas, essentially the same craft as the Egg Rattles, with the additional skill of having to add your maracas sticks and decorate you final musical instrument craft!
Make a Whole Band
Delightful Learning has made a whole set of musical instruments and I like each one more than the next. The Pencil Xyolphone is genius AND pretty, the Banjo is hilarious. The Tom Tom Drums ingenious and I love the horn. Brilliant. SO MANY DIY musical instrument crafts all in one place. Fabulous resource.
Straw Pan Pipes
Curious to see how well this oh so simple Pan Pipe craft works. But As it looks crazily easy and we have plenty of straws knocking about we will be giving it a try. A craft from Deceptively Educational.
Simple DIY Harmonica
Horn or Shofarot
Another fabulous idea and a “little different” are these shofarot is this Shofarot from Hearing Shofar.
After some MORE Music crafts? We have anther 10 shared on this Music Craft Video – not only SEE the crafts, but hear them: