With summer right around the corner, a fun way to keep your child's brain stimulated is using music. What better way to do that while being outside to enjoy the beautiful weather than making a tambourine constructed with items found outdoors?
Throughout history, music has been an integral part of human life. Children can especially reap the benefits of being exposed to music - whether that be listening to a song, playing an instrument, or creating their own instrument.
Music has an impact on almost all aspects of a child's life, such as self-esteem, creativity and movement, just to name a few.
Music is non-judgmental, there is no right or wrong way to make music. Listening to, or making different types of music nurtures self-esteem, and encourages self-confidence and curiosity.
Whether you are changing the words to familiar songs to make silly new ones, or making your own instrument, your child's creativity is challenged.
Children naturally respond to music by moving and being active. Not only that, but music helps children learn about rhythm and develop coordination. Lots of movement also greatly impacts the brain's ability to learn and remember.
What you'll need:
2 Paper Plates
Any other decorating materials you find outside! (We used flowers, leaves, vegetables and chives)
First, outside look for small objects that can be used to give the tambourine sound, such as pebbles or pine cones. If you don't have any of those available to you, we used dried beans and they worked great.
Once you're back inside, you can hole punch your paper plates, add your rocks or pebbles to the inside, and staple the two plates together.
Now, it's time to decorate! Let your child's imagination soar. They can decorate both sides of their new tambourine. On ours, we used leaves and vegetables (carrots, peppers and potatoes) as stamps to put paint on the tambourine. Then, we used glue to apply flowers and leaves we found outside.
After the plates are decorated, you can weave whatever you'd like through the hole punches. We used chives, but tall grass, ribbon, or yarn are good alternatives for this part.
Now you have your finished tambourine! It's time to make some noise!
What is your child's favorite musical instrument? Please share your ideas for a home made instrument below.