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We are big music fans in our house. We feel that it is so important for our children to be exposed to different styles of music and to learn through musical play. Did you know that learning how to play a musical instrument can improve math and reading skills? Sadly music instruction is being reduced or cut from some school districts but TakeLessons.com can assist you in easily finding private lessons in your area.
But you don’t have to have a fancy drum kit in your house or take private lessons for your kids to have fun playing with instruments. There are many resources available for inspiration and instructions on how to make your own musical instruments from common household items.
You could make a cute set of drums with a leftover coffee or paint can like these from Red Ted Art.
If you know how to knit or crochet you could make these adorable ankle bells from Minieco.co.uk.
How about this PVC flute from Instructables.com?
The possibilities are endless and you are only limited by your own imagination. But teaching your children through music doesn’t have to be so literal as playing an instrument. Instead you could:
- Turn on the radio and dance around the living room with your kids.
- Draw or paint what music looks or feels like to you.
- Play musical chairs.
- Sing while doing chores to make them more fun.
- Draw musical instruments on small cardboard cards and make a memory game.
We are always singing, listening to music, talking about music, and have always exposed our kids to different musical instruments. Over the years we have had a harmonica, a flute, a guitar, keyboards, a bugle, bongos, a recorder, and various homemade instruments in the house. My oldest is also great at math and reads like a rock star. Coincidence? Maybe, but then again maybe not. So go ahead, get musical with your kids!
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