Decorate a four-inch cardboard tube (from toilet tissue, waxed paper, plastic wrap, etc.) with colored marking pens. Cover one end of the tube with heavy waxed paper. Secure with a rubber band. Hum loudly into the open end of the tube. A comb covered with waxed paper makes great sounds too.
For years, washboard bands' musicians have tapped the rounded parts of metal spoons together in time to music. The sound is very pleasing, and metal spoons are an easy instrument to play. Try tapping the handles together for a different sound. Connect the spoons together at the base of the neck of the spoons with a rubber band to make castanets.
To make pie tin tambourines you will need thin, disposable pie tins. Use a nail to punch holes around the edges of the pan. Attach a bolt, small jingle bell, giant paper clip, or other small metal object to make great sounds!
To make a coffee can drum, cut adhesive paper the size of the sides of the coffee can. Cover with the bright paper. Trim with markers, rickrack, glitter, or stickers. Beat the bottom of the coffee can drum with fingers, a spoon, or stick.
Eight water glasses filled with different amounts of water may be used to chime the scale. Experiment with different sizes of glasses and amounts of water. Challenge someone to play "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" on the glass chimes.
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