Make a musical instrument using everyday items from your home.
Why do it?
- Waiata and rhymes aregreat for building a child’s memory and confidence.
- Experiences with rhythm and rhyme help promote language development.
- It’s easy to make with your tamaiti using everyday materials.
- Being able to cut with scissors is a useful skill.
- It requires co-ordination, strength in the fine muscles in their hands, and lots of practice.
How to do it
You’ll need: An empty plastic bottle, two yoghurt pottles or a paper towel roll, some noisy fillings (such as stones, rice, dried beans or macaroni) and some decorations (stickers, paints etc)
- Easy shakers: Find an empty plastic bottle or container, half fill it with noisy fillings, then add the cap/lid and shake, shake shake!
- Yogi shakers: Wash then decorate two empty yoghurt pottles, then fill one with noisy fillings, before taping the pottles together, top-to-top.
- Skinny shakers: Decorate an empty paper towel roll, then tape a piece of paper over one end. Half fill the roll with a noisy filling, then tape paper over the other end too.
Extra fun: Can you shake and sing? Try play little big band.
Using more te reo Māori