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Summertime Music Fun With Kids


Madison's Mommy here with another fun parenting tip for you. The summertime is a great time to explore new things with children, and music is a great way to experiment, have fun and get creative. When it comes to music, there are so many ways to experiment with sound and rhythm that just about everything can become a musical instrument and turned into a lesson. The best part is, children end up having so much fun that they don’t even realize that what they are doing is more than just play, that its actually good for their development. 


Try out these easy ideas to create instruments from things around the house and have some good ole summertime fun.

Create a Rain Stick

Rain sticks are quick and easy to make, and not only can they be used to create music, but creating them gives you the opportunity to create art as well. To create a musical rain stick you are going to need a long paper towel tube, half a cup of rice, several toothpicks, paper and rubber bands. Have children color or paint the paper towel tubes, then pierce the tube with several dozen toothpicks to that they run completely through the tube. Use scissors to trim the ends of the toothpicks so no one gets hurt. Use the rubber bands to secure paper to one of the the tube and cap off the stick. Pour the rice into the tube and cap off the other end. Tip the rain stick so that the rice falls through the tube creating a calming sound as the grains hit the wooden toothpicks.


Rubber band Guitars

Guitars, and other stringed instruments, are a lot of fun for children to play and they are very easy to make. Generations of musicians have actually created intricate music on very simple stringed instruments that were created from leftover materials. To create rubber band guitars you are going to need a variety of different sized rubber bands and a small box or container that can be cut. An empty Kleenex box, old cigar box, or something similar will work well. Create a whole in the center of your guitar box and adjust the rubber bands so that they are around the box, but over the centered hole that you have created. Have children pluck the strings and see if there is a difference between the different rubber bands.


Water Glass Organ

Organs are big, impressive instruments that take a lot of time and dedication to master, but you can create something similar with water glasses. A set of four wine glasses can be put to work as a water glass organ with just water and the glasses. Fill the glasses with varying amounts of water, have children wet their fingers and run them over the edges of the glass. Let them experiment with adding and subtracting water from their instruments to create different sounds.



Jingle Bracelets

For a fun instrument that can be worn and used to dance to the music with, try out a set of jingle bracelets or anklets. Ribbon and a bag of small bells are needed for this musical craft. Measure the length of your child’s wrist and cut the ribbon so that it is three times as long. Help children string the bells onto the ribbon, one at a time and tie them off so that they are equal distance apart. Add four to five bells to each bracelet, tying off as you go. When the ribbon is filled with bells, tie the bracelets on and encourage children to create their own beats with the bells.



Annmarie John
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  1. Great ideas for fun with your kids. The time when they want to do these things goes past so fast. Enjoy every second!

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    1. Oh I am so enjoying it and you are right the time does go by pretty fast.

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  2. I remember making rubber band guitars when I was younger and we used to have hours of fun with them. Those were the good old days. You don't always have to spend lots of money to have fun. Your basic pots and pans and wooden spoons work too.

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    1. You are right Tiffany. Your basic pots and pans are a great alternative as well but after a while I would prefer not to hear the banging. I remember the days of the rubber band guitars as well. Those really were the good ole days.

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  3. I made a few rubber band guitars when I was a kid and I remember thinking that it was the coolest thing ever.

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    1. You got that right Robin. I did too and so its why I wanted to introduce my own to the things I enjoyed when I was younger.

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  4. fantastic ideas I'll have to try these out

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    1. That would be great! I'm sure your kids would enjoy it.

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  5. Such cute activities and my girls would Le these. Made need to try a few here :)

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    1. If you try any I would suggest the rubber band guitars. Those are absolutely amazing and I know Lily would thoroughly enjoy it.

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  6. Such fun ideas. I need to try these. My son loves to pretend he is playing the xbox guitar

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    1. Seems like he is already getting his musical fun time on Mandy. Encourage him.

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  7. These are some awesome ideas! I'll definitely have to make some of these for the youngest one. He loves anything that makes noise so I'm sure that he'd have fun with these ideas!

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    1. Oh Amber I know that he will and you will have fun doing it with him as well.

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  8. you have a great list for our very rainy summer! perfect indoor or outdoor activities to bring out the artsy side of kids. perfect for us purs love music!

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    1. It sure is and with it being summer it is great for outdoors. After all they can make as much noise as they can outside without giving us parents too much of a headache.

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  9. I love rain sticks and have played with them like a kid. To me... the sound is so relaxing. Great ideas by the way.

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    1. Rain Sticks do sound relaxing. I love hearing the rain when I'm going to bed, it makes bedtime more relaxing for me.

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  10. What fun ideas. Our kids love music! Great learning tool as well. Amber N

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    1. It sure is and its been studied that kids who love music or who are musically inclined are usually very creative. Help with their creativity.

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  11. Great ideas for kids and our little ones love music. We can easily take the instruments with us as toys when travelling or create some lovely music outside. It is summer time.

    Fan R @TeddyOutReady

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    1. Yes it is summer time and the best time to go outdoors and have fun and play some music. It will surely keep them entertained while traveling.

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  12. My son may be past the stage of small instruments but I love hearing him play his guitar. One of my favorite things during summer is all concerts.

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    1. You're never too young to have fun. My 18 year old plays the guitar and she still plays with my toddler and her toys together.

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  13. These are some great ideas. My son was really into music when he was a kid.

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    1. Music is great for all ages. Does he not like music any longer?

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  14. What some fantastic ideas - I remember using elastic bands on old ice cream tubs and filling bottles with water as a kid :) x

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    1. Those were the good old days Sarah. I remember putting rubber bands on lots of things just to hear the melodies. ♥ Madison

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  15. I love the water glass organ idea. It is not only fun with music, but can be used for math as well. Thanks for the fun ideas.

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    1. You're very welcome Lilith and I'm glad that you can incorporate them with other learning activities as well.

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  16. My son has been WAY into the wooden block instruments lately. They are a good distraction for him!

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    1. That is great! Wooden block instruments can be a lot of fun. ♥ Madison

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  17. These are all wonderful ideas.
    XOXO

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    1. I hope you are able to try a few of them. ♥ Madison

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  18. Great list of kiddo music supplies and how easy they are to find and make.

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