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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Seven on Saturday (Instruments)

Today I spent the morning with a few of my coworkers at the Steve Lyons Memorial, Rock out cookout at Winnekenni Castle! All of the proceeds go towards art and music education at Haverhill High School. We were there to not only promote our school but also to give back to an important cause in our community. Plus, we had lots of fun listening to the amazing talent from some awesome local bands and making instruments with the children who attended the event.  
This week's SoS will focus on my favorite recycled musical instruments for kids to create!!!
1. Paper plate tambourines! We made these today with the children that came to the fundraiser. We simply folded the paper plates, punched holes in the side, added macaroni to the inside and tied the sides shut with ribbon. We then had the children decorate them with markers, stickers and beads.
They had a ball shaking them along to the music and dancing around.

2. Plastic Egg Maracas from Made. A great way to use those left over eggs from Easter in a productive way.
3. Rainsticks! Made from paper towel tubes and toothpicks. Super easy and they sound just like the real thing. Click here for step by step instructions on how to make them.

4. Drinking straw Pan Flute from Krieger Science. I mean really, how cute and easy is this?
5. Paper plate hand held drums! We made these during Chinese New Year in my classroom. We stapled the paper plates together, attached them to a large popsicle stick and added the beads to the string to make the noise as you twirl them back and forth in your hands. Lots of musical fun and a multicultural lesson as well.
6. Cereal box Guitar from Red Ted Art. I have also seen these made from tissue boxes in the past for smaller hands.
7. DIY! One of my favorite things to do during classical music appreciation week in my classroom is to put out a whole bunch of recycled materials and see what the children come up with on their own for instruments! 
This is always a hit with the students and their creativity never ceases to amaze me! : ) 
"Education isn't just about feeding the brain. Art and music feed the heart and soul." -Julie Garwood

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