From my time teaching Preschool Music, I have learned and come up with many DIY musical crafts to get the kids interacting with different instruments. The great thing about these crafts is that most of them are made from items you would find in your own house, or craft cabinet (if you have one…if not, hit up the dollar store!); Many of the materials would be recycled, but are now given a new life!
Depending on your child’s age and level, you’ll know how much of the instrument creation they can do, and how much you’ll need to assist them with, but overall, try make the creation of the instrument an activity in itself, even if it’s just the decorating!!
What You’ll Need:
- Paper towel roll
- White Glue
- A big foam ball
- Silver paint or silver glitter
- Construction Paper
*Warning: There are many drying steps to this project, so decide if your child will wait, or if you should do Steps 1 and 2 ahead of time*
- Using white glue, glue a big foam ball on top of a paper towel roll and let it sit over night. [Don’t be afraid to be extra generous with the glue – and then I usually use an empty shoe box to sit the microphone in (with the foam ball facing down on an angle), so that the excess glue can drip into that, while the shoe box continues to hold the foam ball in place].
- Once the glue is dry, paint the foam ball with silver paint (or add glue and sprinkle with glitter – this version is much messier). Let the paint dry.
- Use construction paper to make the paper towel roll whatever colour you want.
- Decorate the handle of the microphone with stickers, and then you can get singing!
Happy Singing, Rockstars!!