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Simple Musical Crafts for Kids: 12 Rainy Day Projects

Even if your little ones are a bit too young to start formal musical training, it’s a terrific idea to expose them to basic concepts like rhythm, pitch and melody. A fun and exciting way to get youngsters involved in their earliest musical training is by helping them to make their own musical instruments.

We’ve scanned the web to find 12 go-to (simple) musical crafts perfect for a rainy day, a quiet weekend or really any time!

Looking for something a little more advanced than the preschool-level activities below? Use these 100% FREE resources to teach little ones how to read sheet musicBeginner Notes sheet music, keyboard note guide, and keyboard apps for iPad or Android.

1. Water Xylophone

from http://littlepageturners.blogspot.co.uk/

from http://littlepageturners.blogspot.co.uk/

This classic childhood activity teaches kids about sound waves and vibrations. We love the Little Page Turners idea of adding food coloring to make a rainbow of colors!

2. Outdoor Music Station

from http://mynearestanddearest.com

from http://mynearestanddearest.com

You likely have most of the supplies needed for tin can musical crafts in your recycling bin. Just decorate, hang with string and find some sturdy stick ‘mallets’ like My Nearest and Dearest.

3. Straw Pan Flute

Pan Flute

from http://realpurdy.com

Moving right along in the “so easy, anyone can make it” category, we have the straw flute. Real Purdy offers step-by-step instructions for this very simple lesson in pitch.

4. Matchbox Guitar

from http://www.marthastewart.com/

from http://www.marthastewart.com/

Martha Stewart and company show us how to turn ‘junk drawer’ staples into the tiniest musical toy for an introductory lesson in string tension.

5. Strummies

from http://www.teachpreschool.org/2013/03/diy-musical-strummies/

from http://www.teachpreschool.org

Even easier than a matchbox, make Teach Preschool’s strummies using different sized boxes, lids and rubberbands.

6. Paper Plate Tambourine

from http://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/993639/diy-homemade-instruments-for-kids

from http://www.sheknows.com

Practice keeping rhythm and counting notes with this easy, kid-friendly musical craft project from SheKnows.

7. Colorful Egg Shakers

from http://www.mamasmiles.com/fancy-shaker-eggs-version-two/

from http://www.mamasmiles.com

Even the youngest of musicians will love playing with these plastic egg shakers, via Mama Smiles.

8. Popsicle Stick Harmonica

from http://www.housingaforest.com/popsicle-stick-harmonica/

from http://www.housingaforest.com

Older kids can make this simple, fun project by themselves. Idea courtesy of Housing a Forest.

9. Kazoo

from http://buggyandbuddy.com/exploring-sound-making-a-kazoo-science-invitation-saturday/

from http://buggyandbuddy.com

Another classic activity, a homemade kazoo was a first musical ‘instrument’ for many of us. Buggy and Buddy offers experimental variation ideas to keep little ones thinking musically.

10. Craft Stick Piano

from http://wefollowpics.com/diy-craft-stick-piano-this-homemade-instrument-comes-together-in-5-minutes-and-guarantees-an-hour-of-musical-enjoyment-for-kids-of-all-ages/

from http://deceptivelyeducational.blogspot.com

An 8-keyed piano comes together in a snap using extra-wide craft sticks, two C-clamps and a wooden block. Adjust the lengths to make a full scale like Deceptively Educational.

11. Rain Sticks

from http://happyhooligans.ca

from http://happyhooligans.ca

As with many of the other projects on this list, we love letting youngsters personalize their creations. Happy Hooligans offers great ideas for customizing rain sticks.

12. Balloon Bassoon

from http://childsplaymusic.com.au/2013/09/13/make-a-balloon-bassoon-a-simple-reed-musical-instrument/

from http://childsplaymusic.com.au

This one is a little more involved, but can be adapted using materials you may already have at home. Watch Child’s Play Music demonstrate this easy-to-play one-note woodwind.

We hope you and your youngsters enjoy these simple musical crafts. It’s never too early to encourage musicianship, which can open up an entire new world of possibilities as kids grow.

Do you have any musical crafts that you’ve enjoyed? Share in the comments section below.

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