DIY Musical Shakers for Kids
Colorful musical shakers are easy for kids to make with recyclables and rice. Support music activities in your daily schedule with these simple homemade instruments. Making music with kids has never been easier or more fun!
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Music and movement just got a whole lot more fun with simple shakers kids can easily make. These three-ingredient instruments are an invitation for kids to jump, twirl, and keep the beat with a shake-shake-shake.
Whether you have a scheduled music time in the classroom, or take advantage of spontaneous bursts of dancing to a favorite tune on the radio, it's beneficial to introduce music as part of your daily activities.
Music supports language (rhyming lyrics), fine motor (playing instruments) and social and cognitive skills (playing instruments and learning new songs together).
These simple musical shakers are an awesome prompt for making music with kids!
Supplies for homemade shakers
You will need:
- Liquid laundry detergent caps
- Narrow ribbon
- Glue gun
- Duct tape
This craft is made with the caps from laundry detergent bottles. The caps on different brands of liquid laundry detergent are slightly different in size and can be pushed together for a tight fit. If you don't have bottle caps that fit one inside the other you can glue and/or tape the caps together.
Instructions for homemade shakers
Add rice to the larger laundry bottle top. Push the smaller bottle top firmly into the larger one.
If you stick with a favorite brand, ask friends and family to save bottle tops from other brands. Experiment with the laundry tops to see which ones fit together securely.
When pushed together, the tops are difficult to pull apart. You can make an additional seal with tape or a glue gun once the rice is added.
Combine different colors to make a variety of shakers.
While caps that fit together make it easy for kids to help with making these instruments, you can use caps that don't fit one inside the other. The blue shaker on the right, and the second one from the left, are made by securing the caps together with duct tape. You can also reinforce with a glue gun first, then add the the tape.
Decorate with tape or stickers to make the shakers festive!
Pick up your shaker and keep the beat as you join in the music with a shake-shake-shake.