I love sharing my box of rhythm instruments with my preschool and school aged children. It’s fun to show kids how to play an instrument that is new and watch the different ways they explore that instrument. I think this is one of the reasons why parents love for their children to participate in one of my music classes is because they get to explore playing with so many different instruments. Well, instrument playing shouldn’t be limited to the classroom. If you are not able to invest in instruments, why not make them? I know a lot of parents love to explore social media for DIY projects. I find quite a number of DIY projects online myself. So here is an easy shaker project that you can do it home with your child. I buy these great essential oils and have accumulated these cardboard tubes. They range from 4 to 10 inches long.

I think these cardboard tubes would make great shakers. Just add your favorite “shaker material such as beans, rice, or beads. Close up the ends with some tape. I prefer to use duct tape or other packing tape but you can use whatever is handy at your house.

Then you can paint the tubes with some fun colors or even decorate with some colorful duct tape. The ideas are endless! A lot of families recycle and before drop off those items, take a look at what plastic containers, cans and cardboard tubes you can use to make some great instruments for home. Not only would it be fun to make instruments at home don’t forget to jam out with your child to their favorite songs! What instruments have you made with your child? Would love to hear from you!

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