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Step 1: Get Inspired by reading or watching musical stories.
- Watch a video read-aloud of Noisy Frog Sing-Along by John Zimmerman.
- Or, watch a video read-aloud of Max Found Two Sticks by Brian Pinkney.
Step 2: Go for a listening walk.
Step 3: Gather materials and make instruments.
- Drums: Metal bowls, buckets or boxes with sticks.
- Shakers: Recycled containers with lids (e.g. yogurt tubs, tupperware, oatmeal containers) + small treasures to fill shakers (e.g. wood chips, small pebbles, acorns rice, beans).
- Guitars: "Y" shaped sticks + rubber bands to string across the gap.
- Want more ideas? Find more examples of homemade musical instruments here.
Step 4: Make sounds!
If your child has a favorite song, welcome them to use their homemade instruments to create the tune or rhythm. Experiment with playing the song loudly, softly, slowly, fast, super fast, and then back to loud again. Take inspiration from animal friends and play your song in the style of another creature. How would a gorilla, butterfly or cat sing and move to the song? If you watch the read-aloud of Noisy Frog Sing-Along, try out some frog sounds to add background vocals to your song.
- Connect with family or friends and invite them to join your for a family jam session in person or via group video conference like Zoom. Or, take a video of your family’s musical show and send it to loved ones to spread the musical joy.
- Invite kids to put together an outfit that they are excited to perform in. Or, use fabric markers to turn old t-shirts into band shirts.
- Use paper or an old bed sheet and other art materials to create a colorful stage backdrop.
- Be sure to capture the big moment and share photos and video on our free #OutdoorsAll4 Facebook group to inspire more music making.