• One-Man Band Musical Activity for Kids
    Making Musical Instruments
    One Man Band
    One Man BandMaterials Things that make noise found around the house: bells, beans, milk bottle tops, pan lids, bicycle horns, harmonica, spoons, chains, glass bottles, whistle, homemade drums, tambourine. See how creative you can be in the search...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Learning Activities for Toddlers
    Easter Egg Maracas
    Easter Egg MaracasMaterials: Small plastic Easter eggs Pennies, dried beans, small rocks, popcorn kernels, beads, buttons, and so on Glue gun Empty egg carton Directions: Gather a variety of items to fill the plastic Easter eggs. Try pennies, dr...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Learning Activities for Toddlers
    Coffee Can Drum
    Coffee Can DrumMaterials Empty coffee can with 2 plastic lids Contact paper or your child's artwork Glue Pencil Empty thread spool Directions You can create a drum for your child by cutting the bottom out of a coffee can and covering the can with...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
  • School and Learning
    Making Musical Instruments
    Noise Blower
    Noise Blower Materials Empty cardboard tube (toilet paper or paper towel rolls) Wax paper Elastic band Crayons, markers, ribbon, stickers, fabric, construction paper, and other items for decorationDirections Cover one end of a cardboard tube with...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • School and Learning
    Making Musical Instruments
    How to Make Shakers
    How to Make ShakersMaterials Plastic medicine bottles in various sizes, soap bottles, small pop-top juice cans, or small aluminum pie or tart pans Popcorn, rice, dried beans, pennies, and other noise-making items Glue gun or tapeDirections Collec...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • School and Learning
    Making Musical Instruments
    Milk Carton Guitar
    Milk Carton GuitarMaterials Cardboard milk carton (half-gallon size) Sharp knife Tape Yardstick Saw 45-inch length of nylon fishing lineDirections Tape shut the top of a clean, empty half-gallon milk carton. With a sharp knife, cut vertical slits...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • School and Learning
    Making Musical Instruments
    Sandpaper Blocks
    Sandpaper BlocksMaterials 2 4-inch pieces of a two-by-four piece of wood Sandpaper GlueDirections Glue sandpaper onto the wood, and rub together for an interesting sound. ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
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    Making Musical Instruments
    Pie Plate Tambourine
    Pie Plate Tambourine Materials Aluminum pie plate Hammer and nail 6 to 8 flattened bottle caps StringDirections Using a hammer and nail, an adult should make six to eight holes around the edge of an aluminum pie plate, and one hole in the center ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Learning Activities for Toddlers
    Kazoo
    KazooMaterials Empty toilet paper roll Thin paper (newspaper works well) White glue Hole punch Scissors Directions Punch a hole in the side of the empty toilet paper roll as far from the end as the punch will reach. Cut a square of paper large e...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
  • School and Learning
    Making Musical Instruments
    Making Music
    Making MusicAn Imagination Station Activity Age: Three and upTime: An hour or moreType of Activity: Arts and crafts Guitar Materials needed: Old shoebox or tissue box Rubber bands Scissors Paper-towel tube Pencil Paints Crayons/Markers What ...
    Christine Dvornik
  • School and Learning
    Making Musical Instruments
    Music-Making Activities
    Music-Making ActivitiesThe kitchen's alive with the sound of music! Or at least it will be when you and your kids try out these ear-teasing activities. Guess the SoundFor ages 4 to 8 This activity will help your little ones learn about musical in...

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