- Making Instruments with Children ~ Easy, and safe for small children under supervision with an adult.
- Beginners Homemade Instruments ~ 6-10 year old kids who can use sharp tools. Easy tuning.
- Intermediate Home Made Instruments ~ Children between 10-14. Sharp tools, Tuning skills. Low cost.
- Advanced Homemade Musical Instruments ~ Complicated designs. Costlier materials. Tricky tuning.
- Utilities to help you Make Your Own Instruments ~ Fret placement. Inventing instruments.
For Small Children
Little children can make these with a little adult supervision. Scissors needed for cutting. Some gluing. Tuning unnecessary or minimal. Recommended by your homeschool guide.
Children’s Music by Nancy Stewart – Homemade Instruments
Here are some musical instruments you can make with your child from everyday items: Plastic Egg Shakers, Paper Mache Fruit Shakers, Jingle Sticks, African Tambourine, Sand Blocks, Juice Can Shakers, Jingle Bracelets, and Quilting Hoop Drum.
9 Easy to Make Musical Instruments
Children love music as much as they enjoy making things. Why not join these two creative forces and make one or all of these fun and easy musical instruments to encourage play and creativity.
Preschool Musical Instruments
Very simple musical instruments little children can make and play.
Children 6-10 will find these easy to make. Scissors or box cutting knife or glue gun may be needed. Tuning not difficult.
Guitars As Sculpture
I’m not sure that these artistic electric guitars can really play music, but they are fun to look at.
Inventing Homemade Instruments with Math and Measurement
You will learn how musical instruments vibrate in a series of fractions called the harmonic series, and how to design your own musical instruments by measuring length, liquid volume and weight/mass.
Make Your Own Musical Instruments
The Atlanta Symphony gives you instructions on how to build your own orchestra at home. Needs adult supervision.
Panpipes by Phil Tulga
Building pan pipes is a fun way for students to apply their knowledge of measurement and length. As they will hear: longer tubes produce a lower pitch, and shorter tubes produce a higher pitch.
Make a banjo, bass, a dancing lumberjack, dulcimer, drum, rainstick, or a thumb piano.
What dinner party is complete without a song from the Wine Glass Symphony? You’ll need a few wine glasses, some water, and a tune in mind to demonstrate the sounds of science. Amaze everyone and display incredibly bad manners all at once.
Tongue Depressor Harmonica
People of all ages love the razzy, jazzy Kazoo sounds that come from this fun-to-make and easy-to-play musical instrument. Vibration is the key to making sounds and this harmonica uses a rubber band trapped between tongue depressors (Jumbo craft sticks). If you don’t have the supplies, RAFT has the kit for a low price for 1 or 10 harmonicas.