Fire-breathing dragon – fun developing speech

One advantages of playing games that involve ‘intentional breathing’ exercises are how they directly support the process of speech development. And in the music world there are a lot of these types of ‘games’ such as: singing or playing on an instrument – even just blowing on a whistle, flute or harmonica (a DIY one […]

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French Horn DIY

The French Horn! This is a wind instrument made out of tin. It belongs to exactly the same instrument family as the trumpet, trombone and tuba, BUT this ISN’T a trombone, OR a trumpet OR a tuba 😉 It also has the word horn in the name – these ancient horns are often used to […]

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Homemade string instrument: how to make a zither?

I have yet another easy DIY project for you today. So far I’ve shared with you mostly ideas for homemade percussion and wind instruments – but this time we’re going to make a chordophone… or to put it simply: a string instrument! Get ready, because today we’re building a zither! Homemade zither – what you […]

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Unbelievably easy DIY rattle for children

A rattle – simple toy known to almost all children… and an instrument unbelievably easy to build at home! It doesn’t require any special materials and in spite of that can make surprisingly diverse sounds (thanks to the balloons used as a membranes). It’s a great idea for a creative task for older children – […]

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Soothing sound of rain: DIY rainmaker

Rainmaker, also known as rainstick is a simple percussion instrument that you can easily build at home. As its name suggests, the instrument is supposed to imitate sounds of falling rain. In this little DIY project that I want to share with you today, we’re going to use a secret ingredient that will make your […]

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Super easy DIY harmonica

Harmonica also known as French harp or mouth organ is a perfect instrument for kids just over 3 years old. In fact, it’s not only a fun toy, but also a good exercise for your mouth! You can play homemade harmonica that I’m going to show you today – when you just blow and have […]

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Calming exercise for children: homemade pan flute

It’s time for another instrument from my DIY series! This time we’re going to build a panpipe – also known as pan flute or syrinx. It’s a wind instrument named after Pan, the Greek god of nature often depicted with that kind of a flute. A pan flute consists of several pipes of gradually increasing […]

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Easy DIY maracas for children

As exotic as maracas’ name can sound to some people, these simple musical instruments actually feel quite familiar for many of us. They’re basically a kind of a rattle – very similar to those that we played with in childhood and that our own children are playing with today. A rattle is usually one of […]

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How to build a drum?

Drums are really great instruments! Everybody can play drums – you don’t need any special knowledge to do that and I think they’re among the easiest musical instruments to play… at least if we’re talking about simple drums for kids or a single bongo, since full drum sets with plates and everything may require a […]

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Let’s blow! Discovering wind instruments

Let me introduce a new series of posts in which we’ll be combining music with elements of visual arts. I want to present portions of music theory in such an easy way that you as a parent can understand (or often rather recall something you already know) and explain some musical facts, principles and know-hows […]

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