Musical Instruments

These homemade instruments and noisemakers are for the most part quick and easy to make and based on simple recycled materials. Kids can make a fantastic kitchen band of their own, or perhaps use them to ring in the New Year with style?

Chinese Drum Craft

Chinese Drum Craft

A popular old-fashioned noise-making toy, the Chinese drum (rattle) is twisted in the hand so that the beads bounce of it and make a noise. With practise you can get a good rhythm going! Here's one the kids can make themselves..

Homemade Instruments - Cymbals

Homemade Instruments - Cymbals

These homemade cymbals are perfect for younger kids to make and play in their own kitchen band! Great for New Year too.

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Homemade Instruments - Rainmaker

Homemade Instruments - Rainmaker

This homemade Rainmaker is a fun way to make lots of noise at a celebration such as New Year's Eve or a birthday - or just for a kitchen band!

Homemade Instruments - Trumpet

Homemade Instruments - Trumpet

This homemade trumpet will allow the children to "toot" very noisily whenever a loud noise is required! Great for New Year's Eve parties, birthdays and kitchen bands!

Make An African Drum

Make An African Drum

Kwanzaa is often celebrated with traditional African music, with the rhythm provided by African drums. Here is a craft idea for making your own.

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Make Your Own Didgeridoo

Make Your Own Didgeridoo

Children will have fun designing and then decorating their own didgeridoo in bright colours. The final touch is added with small sticky dots!

Marching Drum

Marching Drum

No Mardi Gras parade could be complete without a marching drum! Here is how your children can make their own.

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Mardi Gras Cup Shakers

Mardi Gras Cup Shakers

These Mardi Gras cup shakers are fun to make and produce a satisfyingly loud noise for your Mardi Gras parade!

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Mardi Gras Shakers

Mardi Gras Shakers

To make these Mardi Gras shakers you will need to raid the junk cupboard for supplies. Kids can use them in a very noisy Mardi Gras parade!

Paper Plate Castanet

Paper Plate Castanet

Here's a quick way for kids to make a paper plate castanet - perfect for celebrations (such as New Year's Eve or birthdays) or for a kitchen band!

Rainbow Castanets Craft

Rainbow Castanets Craft

The children will enjoy making these rainbow castanets for St Patrick's Day - remember there's a pot of gold at the end of every rainbow!

Rainbow Shakers

Rainbow Shakers

These rainbow shakers are fun for younger kids to make - with the added advantage that they can play with them later, too! Great for St Patrick's Day, a rainbow theme, or any time when things need brightening up.

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