5 Super Fun and Educational Music Activities for Kids
In search of the best music activities for elementary students that will spice up your music class?
Or perhaps you want to play music games for kids that your little ones will love on a Saturday morning?
Whether you’re a parent looking for music and movement activities for infants and toddlers, or you’re a music teacher stuck in a rut and wanting to liven up the class, you’ve come to the right place!!!
Here’s a list of music activities for kids that are not only fun and enjoyable but educational, as well.
Check ‘em out and have a blast sharing and making music together!
Why Play Music Games for Kids
Some games are just designed for plain fun or to kill time.
But why not play games that aren’t just exciting but meaningful, too??!
Educational music games for kids develop a bunch of skills that your little ones can use not just in music class but in day to day life.
Music activities for kids that involve singing, dancing, thumping their feet, or even making their own musical instrument enhance creativity and imagination. These allow them to create something out of a cardboard box, or a rubber band, or a string… Regular materials that are already lying around at house!
So not only are you instilling in them the value of creativity but you are also teaching them how to be resourceful and how to recycle things. It’s fun and learning all in one!
Music Activities for Kids You Have to Try
Turn an ordinary Monday or a chill weekend into an educational and rocking fun day with these music activities for preschoolers with instruments.
1. Shake Things Up With Homemade Shakers
Make music and dance with these awesome shakers you can create using regular household (and used) materials!
Grab an empty can of fruit juice, maybe an old tin can of cookies, or any canister you can find in the kitchen.
Then, put some dried beans in one can and uncooked rice in another. Don’t fill it up to the top!
Be sure to close both ends well to keep the beans and rice inside.
Let your child decorate the can with sparkles, bright paper, stickers, anything to make it look super fun and not like an old fruit juice can!
When you’re done, shake ‘em up, move those hips, stomp those feet, and dance to the beat.
2. Improvised Rubber Band Musical Instrument
Stretch, pluck, make music!
Here’s another homemade musical instrument you can create using an old can or margarine tub or even a tissue box just lying around in the kitchen.
Oh, and don’t forget the rubber bands!
Decorate that old tub, can, tissue box with cutesy stuff such as stickers, colored paper, and make it look really nice for your band.
Next, stretch about 7 rubber bands (or less, or more) depending on how big or small the can or box is.
Now you have a super cool instrument you can pluck and create awesome music! Make it high pitched or low pitched by tightening or loosening the rubber bands.
3. Homemade Pipe Organ
Pipe organs make that deep, melodious sound that’s simply music to one’s ears.
Why not make your own at home using a few glass bottles, water, and that’s it!
Go for clear bottles, so you can see the different color per bottle.
Yep, color! You’ll mix water and food coloring to make the individual “pipes” distinct from one another.
Fill the glass bottles with varied levels of water mixed with food coloring. Pink for one bottle, blue for the other, yellow, and so on. Every color of the rainbow!
Then, use a stick to hit the bottles and listen to the different tunes you can create with your homemade pipe organ. Your kids will be awed by the cool music they can make with these bottles.
One last thing - arrange the bottle according to their sound, from highest to lowest note. 🙂
4. Create a musical playlist.
Another fun music activity for kids that you can do is a playlist you can all listen and dance to.
Come up with a playlist of songs from different genres and from years back to the present. Even better, share with your kiddo songs you used to listen to as a kid.
This is kind of a music history education that you can do with your kids while dancing along with them.
5. Make a Drum
Your kids will definitely enjoy this activity as much as you will, I bet!
It’s also very simple and easy to do.
For this project, you can use an old plastic box for the body of the drum. Then, wrap the top with fabric that’s thick enough such as denim or leather or velvet.
Stretch the cover really tightly and make it as taut as it can be.
Use a pair of chopsticks to hit the top and there’s your super cool improvised drum for ya!
Enjoy These Music Activities For Kids Today!
Music is definitely entertaining, exciting, and super duper fun!
But what makes it even more special is when you create music and share it with the ones you love.
So try these music activities for kids and enrich your little ones’ imagination, creativity, and musical skills.