Music Ideas For Home

Scroll down to find various music activity ideas to try with your children at home.  Have fun! 


Make and Shake Your Bells!

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 What You'll Need:

  • bells (can be purchased from craft shops) 
  • elastic
  • needle and thread  

Method:

  1. Thread bells onto elastic.
  2. Curve elastic into a circle to fit around your child's wrist or ankle.
  3. Sew or tie ends of elastic together very securely. 
  4. Your child can wear these on their wrists and ankles as they dance to their favourite Let's Sing&Grow tunes! 

Please ensure adequate supervision during play if small bells have been used to create your bells.

 

Make Clapsticks! 

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What You'll Need: 

  • 2 sticks- perhaps twigs, dowel, or shortened broom sticks.
  • Crayons

Method:

  1. Make sure your sticks are the same length and don't have any rough surfaces.
  2. Draw on and colour the sticks.
  3. Clap them together to your favourite song on the Let's Sing&Grow CD! 

Make a Drum! 

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What You'll Need:

  • An empty coffee tin (one with a plastic lid gives you different sounds on each end)
  • Paper to wrap around tin
  • Glue or sticky tape
  • Crayons
  • Chopsticks

Method: 

  1. Wrap paper around coffee tin and secure it with glue or sticky tape.
  2. Use crayons to decorate the paper with your child.
  3. Under supervision, your child can use chopsticks as drumsticks to beat your 'drum'.

Extension Activity:

  1. Put your child's favourite CD on and play along to the music.
  2. Make a 'drum kit' out of a variety of shaped and sized tins.

Make a Shaker!

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What You’ll Need:

  • An empty water bottle
  • Uncooked rice, pasta, pebbles etc
  • Tape

Method:

  1. Half-fill your water bottle with rice, pasta or pebbles.
  2. Screw the lid on tightly, then secure it with tape.
  3. Shake along to your favourite shaking song!

Parachute Play at Home!

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What You’ll Need:

  • A sheet, blanket or table cloth

Method:

Get your child and other family members to hold onto the edges of the sheet (or blanket or table cloth) and move it to music:

  • Up and down
  • In and out 
  • Shaking
  • Making a toy ‘jump’ quickly and ‘roll’ slowly 
  • Or pop the child/ren on the sheet and while keeping them on the ground, move the ‘parachute’ round and round

Extension Activity:

  1. Find an old sheet, blanket or table cloth, or purchase one from an op shop. 
  2. Pour some water-based paint into a large flat container, and let the children decorate your ‘parachute’ with painty footprints and handprints!

Make Your Own Tambourine!

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What You’ll Need:

  • 2 Paper plates
  • Uncooked pasta 
  • Stapler 
  • Crayons, stickers, feathers etc to decorate

Method:

  1. Place a handful of pasta in the centre of one paper plate. 
  2. Put the other paper plate on top of the first and staple around the outside, making sure no pasta is able to be shaken out.
  3. Decorate your tambourine with your child.
  4. Shake along to your child’s favourite songs on the Let's Sing&Grow CD!