There are a variety of ways you can use musical instruments in the classroom.
Create a music center and try adding…
- Baskets of musical instruments
- A CD Player
- A pretend microphone
- A mirror
- A little platform for a stage (square)
- Posters and books about music, composers, notes, and nursery rhymes.
- Staple together little books of notation paper and add drawing tools for children to create their own songs.
- Baskets of movement props like paper plates, ribbon sticks, and scarves.
- Home made instruments: Check out these awesome homemade drums and drumming activities from Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning!
- See this music book from Fleet of Fun
Create a music box. Choose a different type of instrument to put in the music box each week. If you choose to use a music box – make sure you have plenty of instruments to go around because it will be a big hit.
In your circle time, add musical instruments to a familiar song. Here are a few examples:
- Add a rainstick to the song “Itsy Bitsy Spider”. Let the children shake the rain stick back and forth to make the sound of the rain.
- Add a rythm stick for tapping noises to songs like “Johnny Works with One Hammer” or “One Little Hammer Went Tap Tap Tap!”
- Add instruments to songs like … “If you’re happy and you know it” (ring a bell) (tap a drum) (shake a maraca).
Try adding musical sound effects when retelling favorite stories or making up new ones. For example, “Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you hear? I hear a tambourine shaking in my ear!”
Instead of children telling you a story – try having them dictate to you a song.