Easy Music Activities for Kids


Make a cool kazoo to play.
Make a cool kazoo to play.
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Easy musical activities for kids add fun to, and take the hassles out of, making music. These quick activities will have everyone making music together without expensive instruments, lessons or years of practice. The focus is on fun as you make a plastic wrap band and a cool kazoo, then play them.

Instruments don't get much simpler than these two. Find some plastic wrap, a cardboard tube, a few other supplies, and you're set for a musical afternoon. And with instruments this easy, kids of all ages can play along.

Follow the links below to learn how you can make two easy musical instruments:

Plastic Wrap Band

Make music with plastic wrap, gather some friends, and form a band.

Cool Kazoo

Accompany your favorite song on a kazoo you make yourself.

Want to form a quick band? All you need are some pieces of plastic wrap and some kids to play them. Keep reading to find out how.

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Plastic Wrap Band

A plastic wrap band doesn't require lessons, instruments or practice. All you need are eager young musicians and some plastic wrap.

Have your kids ever made music with just a piece of plastic pressed to their lips? If not, have them give this easy musical activity for kids a try and create a plastic wrap band. It's simple enough to be fun for everyone.

What You'll Need:

  • Plastic wrap from various containers (candy, CDs, toys, etc.)
  • Your fingers and lips

Step 1: Take a piece of plastic wrap from a candy box, CD, or shrink-wrapped toy, and hold it tightly between your fingers.

Step 2: Hold the edge of the plastic just below your lips, and blow across it until the plastic whistles. If it doesn't work at first, don't give up. Keep twisting the edge of the plastic toward or away from your lips as you blow until you hear a shrill, almost birdlike squeal.

Step 3: Now try another type of plastic, and then keep trying others of different sizes, thicknesses, and lengths. Do they make the same tones?

Step 4: Gather the types of plastic wrap, and get a group of kids together for a plastic wrap band. Use wrap of different sizes and thicknesses so you'll have a variety of tones in the band.

Keep reading to find out how you can make a cool kazoo and play along with a favorite song.

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Cool Kazoo

Get ready to make music with a cool kazoo.
Get ready to make music with a cool kazoo.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

With a cool kazoo, kids can make music without years of practice. All they need for this easy musical activity are the kazoo they make themselves and a good song to hum. Then it's on to buzzing along with songs on the radio, or playing in time to the music while marching around the room.

What You'll Need:

  • Paper towel tube
  • Markers
  • Waxed paper
  • Rubber band
  • Scissors

Step 1: Decorate the paper towel tube with markers.

Step 2: Wrap a piece of waxed paper over one end of the tube.

Step 3: Secure the waxed paper with a rubber band.

Step 4: Carefully cut two holes in the tube, as shown in the illustration.

Step 5: Play the kazoo by humming your favorite song into the open end of the tube. For other interesting sounds, make more kazoos with tubes of different diameters, thicknesses, and lengths.

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