Need a few projects to keep the kids busy? These easy musical instruments are great fun to make and play with – embrace the noise and start a family band!
Encouraging creativity and play while the kids are home from school is more important than ever, so spark their imaginations with these colourful, homemade instruments. Each one is simple and safe to make, using everyday items you can find around the house.
Discover more activities for kids and you’ll have plenty to occupy curious minds.
1. Elastic band guitar
Rescue some items from the recycling box and make this easy elastic band guitar using a tissue box as the frame. We’ve used coloured elastic bands – choose varied sizes and thicknesses to create different notes – and decorated it with buttons.
2. Paper straw panpipes
You can rustle up this wind instrument in no time with just a few straws, glue, a lolly stick and ribbon to decorate. We’ve made a cool rainbow effect with these pretty paper straws, but you can use whatever you have to hand and it’ll sound just as great.
3. Lolly stick harmonica
These little harmonicas are made from wooden lolly sticks and can make an impressive sound for their size! Kids and adults alike will enjoy playing with these – a lovely afternoon project for the family.