Early Lit Bits: Music Minute

Be Quiet, MikeThis holiday season, don’t let all the leftovers go to waste — the paper leftovers, that is. Empty boxes and paper tubes can be used to make a variety of musical instruments that will provide hours of entertainment for your child.

  • Wrap waxed paper around one end of a paper tube, secure with tape or a rubber band; poke a small hole in the center of the paper and you have an instant kazoo.
  • Rubber bands stretched around the opening of an empty tissue box become a great guitar.
  • Plastic cookie tubs and metal popcorn tins make excellent drums. Check out Be Quiet, Mike! for inspiration, then try using different kitchen utensils as drumsticks to get different sounds.
  • Metal popcorn tins are also a great for singing into!  Kids will have lots of fun playing with the echoing sounds.

Encourage your little one to hum or strum their favorite holiday tune on their homemade instruments. Or, try out one of these rockin’ rhythm children’s CDs to play along with:

Rhythms on Parade by Hap Palmer

Rockin’ Red or Groovy Green by Eric Litwin

–Sara M., Sand Lake/Nelson Township branch



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Ali is a Collection Development Paraprofessional at KDL. She loves cookbooks and memoirs.

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