Homemade Musical Instruments For Kids

Homemade Musical Instruments

Over the next few days I’ll be showing you some of the simple homemade musical instruments that I created with the kids.

Making homemade musical instruments is a fun way to experiment with sound. All of these can be put together using inexpensive items from around the home or from the local grocery store!

If you are a parent, then you probably know that kids love to make noise. Make no mistake about it though, when they are making and playing musical instruments they are learning and building experiences that they will draw from for the rest of their lives.

Even if it seems to you like all they are doing is banging your pots and pans around. When children are little, it’s amazing to watch them explore their world.

Exploration involves getting messy and being noisy. And, if like me, somehow that noise doesn’t bother you, you can get involved in the noise making and become a kid again for an afternoon and you will love it!

Homemade French Horn

making a kids french hornWe began with this homemade french horn. It was one of the first homemade musical instruments we made, it was inspired and created by one of my children after an afternoon picnic in the park listening to a brass band playing… Continue Reading

Homemade Drums

homemade drumsWe then got a little more adventurous with drums. Kids love the sound of these homemade drums. And yet you don’t need any special bits to create them with. If you can dig out an old tin can, or spare a storage container or cake pan for a while they can make themselves a great little drum set… Continue Reading

Homemade Maracas

Homemade MaracasThese homemade maracas were lots of fun. A great fun project for adults and children alike, maracas are definitely enjoyable musical instruments to make. This is a project where you can really get involved and possibly a little messy in the process… Continue Reading

Sight and Sound

kids visual bottles
Sight and sound musical instruments are very popular with little ones, and these visual bottles can be created very easily with a clear bottle and a selection of nick nacks… Continue Reading


If you are stuck for time here are a few quick & simple Ideas:

The Plastic Easter Egg Shakers

These little guys are fun to take anywhere. And, they mimic a higher priced egg shaker available at many music stores.


Plastic Easter eggs, dry grains (rice, beans of different sizes, macaroni noodles, popcorn seeds).


  1. Open an Easter egg of your preferred color.
  2. Fill half of the open egg with 1-2 Tablespoons of dry grains (again you can experiment with different items for different sounds, even consider a few pennies).
  3. Close the egg and shake your home made musical instruments.

The Pie Tin Tambourine

You can make these fun tambourines in about twenty minutes. Try making several and filling them with different items to hear how it affects the sound they make.


Disposable aluminum pie tins (tart size works best), masking tape or packaging tape, dry grains (rice, beans of different sizes, macaroni noodles, popcorn seeds).


  1. Fill one pie/tart tin with a handful of the dry grains of your choice.
  2. Sandwich the other tin upside-down on top of the filled tin.
  3. Use masking tape or packaging tape to secure them together all the way around.
  4. Shake and enjoy.
  5. You might want to play some music to shake along to. This helps kids develop rhythm.

Homemade Musical Instruments Videos Online

How To Make A Toy Drum

Make An Instrument From a Straw

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