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Activity Plan: Music-Making Magic!
Future rockstar at a backyard jam session in Santa Cruz, California.
Photographer: Nick Rickert | Source: Unsplash

It’s been a stressful start to the year for many; but making music is a marvellous release for children to let loose! In this Music-Making Magic Activity Plan, the music will not be made by actual music instruments...instead, children will make music out of ordinary objects in their environment. This encourages children to think about the potential uses of various everyday media and materials.

What You Will Need:

Here are some resources that could be provided to encourage percussion play. However this list isn’t dogmatic; use whatever makes a good sound and is safe!

  • Pots
  • Pans
  • Tinned cans
  • Sticks (from outdoors) or lollipop sticks
  • Spoons (wooden, metal, plastic)
Photographer: Karly Gomez | Source: Unsplash

Doing the activity:

A key element of Music-Making Magic is to ensure that the activity is child-led as much as possible and does not involve a great deal of intervention and guidance from an adult. Enabling children to have full control in terms of how they will create the music gives them the freedom to be imaginative with basic materials. As the children participate in this activity, they are able to contribute their valuable ideas through music and role play (e.g. being a drummer).

As with any child-led activity, your role is simply to be a guide or facilitator meaning there is not much for you to do beforehand (win!). What you will need to do is prepare the learning environment with suitable resources, as above.

Perhaps, for inspiration, you could play some music with different kinds of percussion.

Please feel free to adapt the activity plan to suit your students’ specific interests! This plan is also suitable for students that are joining your class online. As they watch the session, they will be inspired to use resources that they have at home to join in on the percussion play virtually!

Differentiation:

To extend the activity, you can also provide materials for children to make their own instruments! Check out this page showcasing DIY instruments made with basic materials.

Tamboras
Photographer: Ivette Peña | Source: Unsplash

Below are a list of items you could use:

  • Tissue box/ shoe box lid
  • Rubber bands
  • Bottle
  • Dry pasta
  • Plastic cup
  • Straws
  • Balloons
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape
  • Paper plates or plastic bowls
  • String
  • PVA glue

As you are simply the facilitator of this activity, you will have time to observe your students and plan next steps of development. Below are some questions to consider:

  • Can the child explain what they’re doing?
  • Does the child show good control on objects they hold?
  • Can they select and use tools appropriately?
  • Do they explore how sounds can be changed?

There you have it! A child-led, fun and resourceful method of learning that is suitable for your students that are both virtual and in-class.