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4 Easy to Make Musical Instruments for Kids

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The Apple Tree Learning Centers knows the benefits of introducing music into a child lives as early as possible. Some of the benefits are:

• It will boost their brain power
• It will improve their memory
• It helps them socially
• It’s a confidence builder
• It teaches patience
• It’s constant learning
• It’s a great form of expression
• It teaches discipline
• It fosters creativity

We know that children love music as much as they enjoy making things here at The Apple Tree Learning Centers. We think we the best course of action is to join these two creative forces and make one or all of these fun and easy musical instruments to encourage play and creativity!


  • 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. Shake to play.
Note: Heavy duty paper plates may be more durable for this craft.
Safety note: If using a stapler, an adult should do this. When finished be sure to cover the staples with scotch tape.


  • empty oatmeal box with cover
  • yarn
  • pen
  • 2 pencils
  • 2 spools
  • construction paper
  • crayons

Before beginning, you can decorate the oatmeal box with construction 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.


  • 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.
Note: This instrument should probably be played by older children in “the band” because of the use of glass.


  • 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.