Baby Time: Let's Make Music

Making your own instruments can be so much fun with your little ones.  All you have to do is save your snack containers to make an instrument!  Eco friendly and fun for everyone! 

We found all sorts of containers over the past month to save for our musical instruments.  Baby snack containers, soda bottle, oatmeal container, popcorn treats, chocolate milk you name it I saved it from our holiday parties and such.  You need to use caution and make sure it's a container that will stand up to a little one exploring it.  

Grab your containers and let's get started!  

I used beans and rice from our cupboard to fill inside to make the shakers.  If you are doing several containers use a variety of materials inside.  It's great practice in auditory discrimination to listen and try to see what's inside of the various containers. Some other ideas for materials are beads, bells, or pebbles.  Just a reminder to make sure you seal the container with hot glue or tape to avoid any spills or choking hazards and have adult supervision at all times with any homemade toy.

I used some wrapping paper to decorate our Musical drums and shakers. I cut the paper to fit and then covered the entire container with packing tape, contact paper would work too.  Just to make it more durable and kid friendly.   I love how bright they turned out with very little effort.  A great spot I find fun paper at is the Dollar Spot at Target! If I was having my Toddler, Preschooler or School Aged child making it, I would let them decorate it with stamps, stickers and coloring or painting them before I covered them with contact paper or packaging tape. 

Fun Activities for Homemade Musical Instruments

Shake It
Varying the speed and also how you shake it
Roll It
Roll the containers between your hands or on the floor for a different sound
Drum Fun
Using their hands or an object like a wooden spoon or drumstick practice hitting it
Match my Sound
Fast or slow have your little one copy you with the sounds you do or copy them
Stack it
Using the containers have fun arranging them in various ways
Dance Time
Hold the shakers and dance with music

My daughter was so excited when she woke up from her nap to play with these today.  She took lots of her time shaking them and hitting them but she also stacked them up and arranged them all over the room.  So much FUN!  Since we used containers they also become stacking toys, great for gross and fine motor skills and visual discrimination by learning about sizes.The best part is that we made these for almost no Money, they were all things I had laying around the house. 

I can't wait until big sister comes home from school so that we can play our instruments with her during Family Jam Time!  This musical instrument activity with the containers is great for any age, especially when your looking for something for Sibling Playtime .  If you're looking for more ways to use Reused Materials, check out how we used the Lids from veggie & fruit pouches!   Don't forget to RECYCLE your containers when you are all done playing.
Hope you have fun with your little ones!  Musical Fun should be a part of EVERYDAY! 

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LeeanneA said...

Look how happy your little angle is playing her tunes! Great instruments!

Kim @ The Educators Spin On It said...

Thanks Leeanne! She had so much fun! Big sister had just as much fun when she got home from school too!

Robyn said...

Lovely post- I especially love the pic of baby girl stacking the shakers on the window sill

Kim @ The Educators Spin On It said...

Thanks Robyn! She had so much fun stacking these too. I love how children can take toys to a whole other dimension when you give them time to explore and be creative.

Brooke said...

I love how you've made them coordinate, and I also love your activity suggestions. My kids who are older would still enjoy these. Thanks for sharing on Monday Madness.

Kim @ The Educators' Spin On It said...

Thanks Brooke for providing Monday Madness! This activity really does work for all sorts of ages, my littest one is obsessed with containers right now which is why I decided to make them now. I love the paper too! Gotta love Target's wrapping paper in the Dollar Spot!

Tami said...

Just stopping by to let you know that I've featured your craft on Family Fun Crafts! You can see it here:

If you have other kid friendly crafts, I'd love it if you would submit them. :) If you would like to display a
featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above.

Kim @ The Educators Spin On It said...

Thanks Tami for sharing! I'll find more to submit to you too!

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