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. I try, however, to incorporate the inquiry going on in the kindergarten classes that I cover prep for… and so we have balloon instruments! We 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 they 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 be able to fit in the balloon!
I passed the balloons out and let students shake away to start. We did our “Welcome to Music” song and then explored the sounds. I had students find the other kids that had their balloon filled with the same material and sit with them. We then listened to the sounds group by group. Shaking along to favourite songs, twirling, tapping and even throwing the balloons all create different sounds. Exploring the sounds made for a great music class. There is so much that can be done with these instruments. As an extension to this kids music activity, I would have groups create a short song using their balloon instruments and present it to the class. I will definitely use these instruments again!