Common household items can be made into several kinds of music makers. Here’s how to make a banjo, maraca and xylophone.
What you need:
• an empty toilet paper roll
• a paper towel
• rice or dry beans
• 5-10 rubber bands (the ones around your newspaper work great)
• an empty tissue box
• an empty paper towel roll
• 5-10 water glasses
• a spoon
Make a maraca
1. Decorate your toilet paper roll, then tear a piece off a piece of paper big enough to cover the end. Secure the paper towel with a rubber band.
2. Pour some rice or dry beans into the roll. You could use any small objects as a filling — experiment and see how the sound changes.
3. Tear off another piece of paper towel and secure it on the other end with another rubber band. Shake your maraca to keep a beat!
Make a banjo
1. Cut your rubber bands in half, so they become long, stretchy strings. Tape the ends to the inside of the tissue box.
2. Smush your toilet paper roll, decorate it, and tape it to the back of your tissue box. Now you have a twangy banjo.
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Make a water-glass xylophone
1. This one’s easy. Get out some glasses and fill them with different levels of water. Tap them with a spoon and listen to their pitch (how high or low they sound). Arrange them from lowest to highest, and voila! A xylophone.