How to make musical instruments for children

Steps to follow:


The guitar is an instrument much admired by children: it is easy to make with a cardboard box and elastics. You only need to cut a circle on one side of the cardboard and make small and other holes in the box and attach rubber bands. In this way you will get the basis of the guitar. If you wish, you can add an elongated element to act as a handle to make it easier for children to handle.

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The maracas are easy to achieve. You need for this small plastic bottle and some vegetables or dry fruit. Fill the bottles up to about halfway then shake it, and you’ll get a musical effect that will help your child set the pace. If you want to make this instrument even more attractive to your child, paint the bottle in a bright color.


The xylophone is another very fun instrument without any major complications to create. In a first you have to buy several empty glass bottles. Fill them with water, in different amounts. If you want to add a few drops of paint to give an even more playful aspect. Place them side by side and use a large iron or wooden spoon to tap them. You will be surprised effects.


The battery can be built from boxes of different materials: wood, cardboard, iron, and everything you have on hand. Glue the different parts together with glue or tape depending on the material, then use wooden utensils or iron and tap your boxes to get different sounds. In case you are going to use glue, take care of this step yourself.


The tambourineis another easy musical instrument at home, but in this case the help of an adult is essential. To make it you will need bottle caps, wire and something round, like cardboard tubes or an empty cheese box. Take the tube and cut two circumferences. Now make holes in the center of each capsule (with a nail and a hammer for example, and paying attention to your fingers). When you finish you have to join the capsules to the circles in pairs. For that take two capsules, pass a piece of wire through the holes and attach the son on the circles with the tape. To fix the two circles,


You can personalize your instruments with color paint and decorate them to your taste, and you’ll get a more personal effect.

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  • It is recommended to always supervise the children during the realization of the instruments

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