Stuck for ideas this summer? Music is a natural part of everyday life for toddlers. I watch my little ones dance around to any and everything around them each and every day. Even if we don’t have any music playing. They’ll make up their own songs. They’ll sing to their toys.
Music provides a diverse, happy sensory environment for children, fostering joy and confidence. Exposing our kids to a wide variety of sounds, textures, colours and musical experiences stimulates their brain cells the same way it does us. If no other reason than by providing joy.
Introducing musical games doesn’t have to be pricey or time consuming. I’ve chosen some of my favourite DIY instrument and game ideas to share with you if you think your own little ones would benefit from having more music integrated into their every-day exploring, discovery, learning and play this summer…
Summer Fun! 1 of 21
Click through for a variety of fun, frugal and easy DIY musical instruments and game ideas for kids >>>
Music & Movement Games 2 of 21
A lot of simple and fun ideas here.
Learn more via Learn, Play Imagine
Bottle Cap Tambourines 3 of 21
Save up those bottle caps for this brilliant craft idea!
Get the tutorial via Spoonful
Popsicle Stick Harmonica 4 of 21
A super simple DIY.
Get the tutorial via Housing a Forest
Recycled Outdoor Music Station 5 of 21
A great activity for little ones to get in on from the creation to the the actual playing.
Get the instructions via My Nearest & Dearest
DIY: Children’s Drum Kit 6 of 21
Listen. Toddlers are loud already. Might as well embrace it.
Get the instructions via Little Lovely
Rainbow Wind Chimes 7 of 21
A colourful and sweet craft to do with the kids after foraging for sticks on a nature walk.
Get the tutorial via Happy Hooligans
Musical Water Glasses 8 of 21
Learn more via Little Page Turners
DIY Rhythm Instruments 9 of 21
Clearly, from the looks of those kids up there; this sort of thing goes over well.
Get the instructions via Skip To My Lou
DIY: Tubular Cardboard Bells 10 of 21
Easy, cute and lots of fun!
Get the tutorial via Minie Co
DIY: Bongo Rice Shakers 11 of 21
Another seriously simple idea to execute for hours of musical fun.
Learn more via Minie Co
Waldorf Dancing Rings 12 of 21
Run, dance, spin and shake. I'm thinking these could easily be made with shower rings and ribbon!
Or, purchase them via Nature's Toybox
DIY Montessori Bells & Boards 13 of 21
I think this is my favourite out of the bunch, because this is such a thrifty idea instead of buying the pricey traditional Montessori bells!
Get the tutorial via What Did We Do All Day
Montessori Musical Instrument Replica Play Card Set 14 of 21
This set includes 8 photo cards of instruments and control cards (24 total cards) plus 8 miniature instruments.
Available via Papryus Work
DIY Rain Stick 15 of 21
Another one that your toddler can help make!
Get the tutorial via The Imagination Tree
DIY Music Wall 16 of 21
Great idea for the summer!
Get the instructions via Pre K + K Sharing
DIY Drums 17 of 21
Giant Chalk Keyboard 18 of 21
So simple, lots of learning fun.
Learn more via And Next Comes L
Raisin Box Maracas 19 of 21
A colourful and rewarding craft activity.
Get the tutorial via Spoonful
Rhythm & Movement Games 20 of 21
Encourage movement and the development of their motor skills with some of these great rhythm stick game ideas!
Learn more via Learn, Play, Imagine
DIY Bell Shaker 21 of 21
Very pretty and functional. I like.
Get the instructions via Minie Co