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How to Make Musical Instruments for Kids


Cardboard Washboard Craft
Be sure to follow each of these steps to create a fun cardboard washboard craft.
Be sure to follow each of these steps to create a fun cardboard washboard craft.
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Make a cardboard washboard for a musical treat. The washboard is a scratch-and-thump rhythm instrument that is a special favorite in bluegrass and folk music. Show kids how they can make a cardboard version of this down-home instrument.

What You'll Need:

  • Corrugated cardboard box
  • Pencil
  • Heavy-duty scissors
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue

Step 1: Using the illustration as a guide, draw two washboard shapes on the side panel of a large corrugated cardboard box. Make sure you draw and cut out rectangular holes at the top of the instrument.

Step 2: Cut out the washboards, and paint one.

Step 3: On the unpainted washboard, peel off the top layer of paper to expose the corrugated ridges. Glue this to the unpainted side of the other washboard. Let the glue dry completely.

It's time to make music. Rake your fingers across the bumpy surface to create a fun, scratchy sound.

Continue to the next page and learn how to bang out some notes with our wood tap musical craft.

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