Kids love music! The love learning and listening to new songs. I find that whenever I teach kids music, especially with instruments, it is always well received. Kids love to play instruments! Drums, rhythm sticks, and even bells. However, sometimes these instruments are not available, but you can always make your own. My favorite homemade instruments are balloon instruments.
When I did this activity, I started off by talking about how anything that makes sound could be used as an instrument and how it’s fun to make our own instruments. I made up 30 balloons (plus a few extras – just in case) and used clear balloons for fun so that children could see into their balloon.
Then, I put something inside each balloon to make a different sound. I used 6 different items and filled 5 balloons with each item. I used pompoms, small elastics, cereal, pasta, beads and popcorn kernels. You could use anything that you have a collection of and is small enough to fit in the balloon!
Kids music is easy to do at home or school. Once you have made the balloon, give kids time to just shake and explore the different sounds each balloon makes. If this activity is used in a classroom it is easy to get kids into groups by having them find the other kids that had their balloon filled with the same material.
Listened to the sounds balloon by balloon. Shake along to your favourite songs, twirling, tapping and even throwing the balloons all create different sounds. Exploring the sounds made for a great kids music class. There is so much that can be done with these instruments.
As an extension to this kids music activity, I had groups create a short song using their balloon instruments and present it to the class. I will definitely use these instruments again!