Directions: Instruct the children to choose ONE of the instruments (listed below) to use or make. Then teach the children when and how they should "play" their instruments, such as during a certain part of a song, with the beat, or when you lower your hand on the down beat.
Optional Instruments: Decorating these instruments with fun feathers, glitter, and other crafty stuff makes them more interesting. Possible musical instruments to make:
- Shakers: Rice or beans in small envelope or tupperware containers. Printable music pouches in pdf format: pink, green, purple
- Drums: Small ceramic flowerpots (dollar stores sometimes have these) turned upside down, wooden beads (about the size of a nickel) glued to round (dowel) sticks make great drum sticks.
- Tambourines: Tupperware (or coolwhip/butter) lids with several jingle bells glued or strung onto them.
Also, if you don't want to make a ton of these, or have the children make them, you could make one of each and then choose your best singers to come forward and "play" the instrument during the song you are practicing
Submitted by: Cindy Foxcroft
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