Marching Band

Let your child explore and create music using different instruments!

For this Activity you will need:

  • Musical instruments (a tambourine, cymbals, maracas, a castanet, or a drum and drumsticks)


  1. Place the different musical instruments in front of your child.
  2. One by one show your child how to make sound with each instrument. Show your child how it can be played quietly or loudly and slowly or fast. As you make the sounds, name the instrument for your child.
  3. Now, let your child explore the sounds that each instrument can make.
  4. After he has played with each one, ask, "Which instruments do you like best?Which instrument makes your favorite sound?"
  5. Ask your child to play you a favorite song one of the instruments. Sing the song together and play the instrument to the tune of the song. As your child is playing, clap your hands to the beat.
  6. Let him march around the house making music.


Next Steps/Follow-Up:
  • Make your own instruments. For example, make a drum from an empty oatmeal container! Make a kazoo by placing wax paper on the end of a toilet paper tube. Or, make a rain stick by placing rice in a paper towel tube and covering each end with duct tape.
  • Have your child make up (compose) his own songs. Let him put on a concert for you.
  • When you listen to music, help your child clap, snap or tap to the beat of the music.
  • Have your child create music to go with his moods. You might say, "Can you play me a silly song?"

Background Information:

The arts involve:

  • Trying different arts activities, such as dancing, singing, acting, painting and drawing.
  • Asking questions about and looking for new ways to dance, make music, act or create art.
  • Using different art materials, such as puppets, costumes, instruments, paint, glue, scissors and crayons.
  • Showing an interest in other children’s art activities.

When your child starts school, she will be more likely to do well if she is able to do these things.


You can help your child develop skills in the arts by doing this activity.

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