Make musical instruments

Getting ready

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Try making your own musical instruments and make up a tune to dance to.

For all these instruments you will need:

  • scissors

  • glue

  • decorations like tissue paper, pipe cleaners, stickers, coloured paper and confetti

Make a microphone

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For this microphone you will need black card, strong glue, cotton wool and a hair net or satsuma net.

  1. Roll a sheet of black card up to make a cylinder.

  2. Carefully glue the edges of the cylinder together with strong glue.

  3. Wrap the net around a handful of cotton wool and poke it into one end of the cylinder. Stick it in place with some glue.

  4. Decorate your microphone.

Make pan pipes

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For these pan pipes you will need three small water bottles, one thick elastic band, food colouring and water.

  1. Stretch a thick elastic band around the water bottles to hold them together.

  2. Cover the elastic band with some pipe cleaners and add other decorations.

  3. Pour a little bit of water into each bottle. Make sure there is a different amount in each.

  4. Add a drop of food colouring to the water.

To play your pan pipes, blow gently over the open neck of each bottle. The sound should be different for each one because of the differing amounts of water you put in.

Make a shaker

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For this shaker you will need uncooked rice and a plastic water bottle with its lid.

  1. Put some rice in the bottle and screw the lid back on.

  2. Cover the bottle with tissue paper and any other decorations you have.

Shake it to play it – make up a rhythm and dance along!

Make drums

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For these drums you will need two big paper cups, two elastic bands, paper and glue.

  1. Decorate the paper cups.

  2. Use an elastic band to fix a piece of paper to the top of each cup.

  3. Wrap a pipe cleaner around the cup to hide the elastic band.

To play your drums tap them gently with your hands.

Make a guitar

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For this guitar you will need a show box or tissue box and three thick elastic bands.

  1. Carefully cut a round hole in the top of a shoe box with scissors. If you use a tissue box the hole should already be there.

  2. Stretch three elastic bands around the shoe box. Make sure they cover the hole.

  3. Add some decorations.

To play your guitar, pluck the elastic band strings.

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