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How to Make Musical Instruments for Kids

Fish Line Music Board Craft

Make sure the line is stretched tight.
Make sure the line is stretched tight.
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Try this fish line music board craft, and kids will be strumming away in no time! This activity has some steps you'll definitely want to help your kids with.

What You'll Need:

  • Smooth board, 16 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Hammer
  • Ten one-inch nails
  • Scissors
  • Nylon fishing line

How to Make a Fish Line Music Board:

Step 1: Lay a 16 x 6 x 1-inch board flat on the table in front of you so that one of the six-inch sides is nearest you.


Step 2: Draw five straight pencil lines down the length of the board about one inch apart, beginning one inch down from the top and one inch in from the left side.

Step 3: Pound a nail about one half inch deep at the top of each line (you may want to do this for your kids).

Step 4: Cut five pieces of nylon fishing line in the following lengths: 14, 12, 10, eight, and six inches. Tie a loose slip knot in both ends of each piece of fishing line.

Step 5: Put the slip knot of the 14-inch piece of fishing line over the top left nail on your board, and pull the knot tight.

Step 6: Put the slip knot at the other end of the fishing line over a loose nail, and stretch the line as tightly as you can toward the bottom of the leftmost pencil line that you drew.

Step 7: Hammer the nail into the board about one half inch deep. Nail the other pieces of fishing line onto the board in the same way.

Step 8: Work from left to right on the board, each time using the longest piece of fishing line that you have left.

You now have a musical instrument. Pluck each string with your index finger. Which string has the highest sound? Which has the lowest?

Practice with your new instrument, and use it to make music.

Continue to the next page and learn to make music using ordinary glass jars.

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