DIY Toddler Instruments

by Merissa on January 15, 2013

in Featured, Frugal Kids, Make Your Own

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I love it when family gathers for the holidays. Don’t you? I have a cousin and a niece who are about the same age (3ish year old). When they play together, I melt from all of the adorable-ness. Usually they get along great and it is easy to entertain them. Other times they squabble like an old married couple, and we have to find a way to distract them.

The other day I was scrambling for a way to keep those munchkins entertained. They wanted to color, but there were no coloring books to be found. However, paper plates were in great supply. I set two plates, along with crayons, in front of each of them, and they went to work.

Part-way through their craft-time, I was inspired to create easy, frugal, DIY instruments.

After their masterpieces were created, I search the pantry and found some dry beans. I grabbed a stapler and made a musical concoction.

To do so:

  •  place a handful of dry beans one of of the plates
  • put the other plate on top of the first so that the two undersides are facing out
  • staple around the rims of the plates

Are they tambourines? or are they maracas? Not sure, but they are wonderfully loud noise makers that will keep a couple of toddlers entertained for hours. There are pictures of the little ones playing with this instrument, plus instructions for DIY drums from cans over at my blog.

Disclaimer: parents & caretakers of toddlers in possession of these tambourines/maracas should invest in a pair of earplugs.

Find even more cheap craft ideas!

Have you made musical instruments for your toddlers? What unique twists did you add?

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Erin is a nurse, wife, blogger, adventurer, crafter, reader, chef, and friend who tries to live simply and frugally.
Find all of Erin's posts on Little House Living.

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1 Jackie January 15, 2013 at 6:57 pm

I like this idea, Erin. Wish I’d thought of it when my kids were younguns :-) .

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2 theresa chaparro January 17, 2013 at 10:26 pm

When my kids were little we had all kinds of homemade things like this!

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3 Sarah Spurrier December 21, 2013 at 11:40 am

Upside down things make great drums. Be it a saucepan, yoghurt pot or washing up bowl. Add in a wooden spoon as a drumstick and your good to go.

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