Nothing says fun like making some noise! Music activities are a wonderful way to engage young learners. Music provides children an outlet through which they explore the world around them, develop their coordination, and build social emotional skills—all while having fun. A cereal box guitar is one of the easiest music crafts you can try, and it helps you explore creative learning opportunities with your preschoolers – at home and in the classroom.
Check out The GIANT Encyclopedia of Preschool Activities for 3-Year-Olds for easy instructions to make your very own homemade guitar!
Making String Instruments
- String instrument or triangle
- Styrofoam trays
- Rubber bands
- Cereal boxes, pasta boxes
What to do:
- Explain to the children that not all artists create artwork to look at and that some artists are musicians.
- First, demonstrate how vibration causes sound. Strum strings on any string instrument or tap a musical triangle, but HOLD each instrument to prevent it from vibrating. (There are many things you can use to demonstrate this, such as symbols, a xylophone, a glass, and so on.)
- Now release the strings or triangle so they are able to vibrate and make a sound.
- Show the children how they can make a string instrument of their own by wrapping rubber bands around a Styrofoam tray. The rubber bands vibrate to cause sound.
- Ask them to predict whether or not the sound will be higher or lower if you make a rubber band tighter. This is similar to what a musician must do to tune his string instrument.
- Give the children rubber bands and Styrofoam trays and encourage them to create their own string instrument.
More to do:
- Put on marching music and encourage the children to dance or march with their instruments.
- Make various string instruments by cutting out sections from cereal or pasta boxes, attaching a paper towel tube to one end, and adding rubber bands.