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Everyday Objects , Music

Junk Instruments

Junk Instruments

In this video, learn how to make your own junk instruments.

You can use anything to make junk instruments but these objects are particular handy:

  • Masking or packing tape
  • Elastic bands or a hair bobble
  • Jam jar lids
  • Ice lolly sticks
  • Large plastic bottles
  • Scissors or a small cutting knife
  • Lentils or rice
  • Baking paper
  • Pringles tubes, boxes or tubs
  • An opened tin with the edges safely covered in masking tape

There is no right or wrong way to make your instruments. Just get creative and enjoy exploring sounds together! It’s good to start with a sound you like and build an instrument from there.

Find ways to make the process fun. For example you can start by exploring sounds in your home. You can grab an old pen or a wooden spoon to tap and test how things sound. Try things with different shapes and materials.

You can use paint, beads and colourful tape to decorate your instruments as much as you like.


Be sure to check out the downloadable resource with more tips and hints!


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