Ready for Life : Musical Moment

Want to explore your little ones musical talent? Look no further than the containers and utensils in the kitchen.

Here are some easy ideas:

A SIMPLE TAMBOURINE

  • 2 paper plates
  • stapler or glue
  • hole punch
  • string
  • jingle bells
  • crayons

Staple or glue two paper plates together, facing each other. Using a hole punch, make holes around the plates and tie jingle bells to the holes with string. Decorate the tambourine with crayons. Easy as that ... shake to play.

DRUM

What you will need:

  • empty box with a lid
  • string
  • pen
  • 2 pencils
  • 2 spools
  • construction paper
  • crayons

Here's how : Before beginning, you can decorate the box with wrapping paper and/or crayons for a colorful effect. Place the cover on the box. Use a pen to make a hole in the center of the cover and in the center of the bottom of the box. Through these holes, pull a piece of yarn long enough to hang around child's neck and down to their waist. For the drumsticks, place the spools at the ends of the pencils, secure with glue if necessary. Get drumming ....

FLUTE

  • paper towel roll
  • waxed paper
  • rubber band
  • pen

Cover one end of the paper towel roll with waxed paper, secure it with a rubber band. Punch a row of holes along one side of the roll with the tip of a pen. To play, sing a tune into the open end of the horn.

CYMBALS

  • two matching pot covers
  • yarn or ribbon
  • Tie the ribbon or yarn around the handles of the pot covers. To play, strike together.

XYLOPHONE

  • tall glasses or jars
  • water
  • mixing spoon

Fill the glasses or jars with different amounts of water. The more water in the glass, the lower the pitch will be. Having less water in the glass or jar will raise the pitch. To play, gently strike the glasses with a mixing spoon.

COMB BUZZER

  • pocket comb
  • tissue paper

Fold a piece of tissue paper over the tooth edge of a comb. To play, hum through the tissue paper.

GUITAR

  • empty shoe box
  • rubber bands
  • ruler or stick

Remove the cover from the box. Stretch the rubber bands around the box. Attach the ruler or stick to the back of the box on one end to act as the arm of the guitar. To play, strum or pluck the rubber bands.

HAND BELLS

  • 2 paper towel rolls
  • hole punch
  • 4 jingle bells
  • string or yarn

Punch a hole in each end of the paper towel rolls. Tie two jingle bells to each side of the paper towel rolls by running string or yarn through the holes and carefully tying off. Shake to play. Have fun and let creativity and imagination run wild! Record the band's first song and play back for some great giggle time. Enjoy!