Music Activities for Kids

Shake-It-Up Musical Activity for Kids

Shake out some music!
Shake out some music!
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Your kids will love to make their own fun and unique instruments in this shake-it-up musical activity!

What You'll Need:

  • Three teaspoons uncooked rice
  • Dried beans
  • Two empty diet shake cans or soda cans
  • Clear packing tape
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Markers or stickers

Put the rice in an empty diet shake can (soda cans don't last as long, but they will work for this project.) Remove the tab and seal the opening with clear packing tape.

If you like, make your own cool label for the can. To make the label, cut a piece of paper nine inches long and four and one-half inches wide. Decorate the label with markers or stickers.

Tape one side of the label to the can. Then make small rolls of tape and stick them between the label and the can. Wrap the label around the can so that the loose end overlaps the taped end, and tape down the loose end.

Put dried beans in the other can, and make a decorated label for that one, too. Try using the rice can for a lighter sound and the bean can for a louder sound. Start shaking!

Kids can turn office supplies into sound machines with the activity on the next page.

For more fun crafts and activities, try: