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Musical instruments are great fun for making a bit of noise and banging, drumming or tapping in time with songs and music. Even more fun is making instruments yourselves and having a go at using your own creations. It's simple, and it's cheap and it's a great activity to do together. Here's how to make a few different instruments to play at home with the little ones:-
Maracas: half fill empty plastic bottles of all shapes and sizes with different sorts of dried beans and pulses. Pasta, dried peas, lentils, rice etc all make a great noise. Screw the top tightly so none come out and secure with tape too.
Drums: put some dried pasta into closed and sealed margarine tubs or yogurt pots with lids. Tape closed and drum with a wooden spoon. You will hear the beans jump around inside along with the drumming noise as they bang.
Trumpets: decorate kitchen roll tubes with stickers and streamers and simply blow and toot into them! Couldn't be easier and great to accompany a nursery rhyme.
Rhythm sticks: tie ribbons or streamers to wooden spoons and bang together in time with the music. Ideal!
Saucepans drums: an old favourite and super fun if you really don't mind a big, metallic noise! Set up some saucepans, upside down on the floor and give them a bang! Use wooden spoons or pasty brush for a more muted sound!
Cymbals: Clang two lids together or hit one with a wooden spoon. Don't use glass lids and be careful of dents!
Percussion: try jingling keys, tapping metal cutlery together, rubbing 2 scrubbing brushes together or even two pencils for a more gentle noise!