Program: Make Some Noise!

Join us at the library as we make our own musical instruments out of household items. We’ll have lots of things to experiment with at the library, and you’ll get to take home an instrument of your own!

June 23, 2009 from 4-5 p.m.

Grades: Going into 4-6

Budget: $8: $3 for three bags of jingle bells (on sale at Target!), $3 for one pack of 20 plastic plates, and $1.50 for a pack of 25 combs at Walgreens. Pie tins are really expensive, so we used plastic plates instead.


Bring some stuff for them to play with – a guitar, keyboard, glass blowing thing etc. Once they finish making their instruments, let them experiment with these other instruments. Once everyone is done, it is time for the least shy among us to parade through the library with our new instruments.



  • Pie tins (1 per craft) or paper/plastic plates
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Jingle bells (8 each)
  • Ribbon

Instructions: Each kid gets a plate with 12 holes punched in it, evenly spaced. Cut several pipe cleaners in half. Feed pipe cleaner half through a bell, then push through one of the holes.


  • Cereal or tissue box
  • Rubber bands
  • Paper towel roll (optional, if they want to attach it to the box to make a “neck”)

Instructions: If using a cereal box, cut an oval-shaped hole in the top before the program. Let the kids place rubber bands of various sizes across the box, and glue a paper towel roll to the end of they want. Decorate and play.


  • Wax paper
  • Comb


The Kids Can Press – Jumbo Book of Music – Deborah Dunleavy (J 780 DUN)

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