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If there's one thing kids love to do, it's make noise. You can channel that natural impulse to more creative ends with these handy homemade musical instrument crafts that use things you can find around the house. Who says you have to spend money to get kids interested in music?

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  • Homemade Drum for Toddlers

    Drumroll, Please

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    Average rating of 5/5. (10 Ratings)

    Help your toddler participate in the joyful noise of music.

  • Mailing Tube Rain Sticks

    Mailing Tube Rain Sticks

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    Average rating of 4/5. (7 Ratings)

    Your tot can enjoy the sound of a gentle rainfall -- without the sogginess -- thanks to this easy-to-make sound-alike instrument.

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    Raisin Box Maracas

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    Average rating of 3.5/5. (12 Ratings)

    What kid doesn't want a pair of maracas?

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  • New Year's Noisemakers

    New Year's Noisemakers

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    Average rating of 3.5/5. (5 Ratings)

    Kinder, gentler noisemakers with festive streamers

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  • Simple Shakers

    Simple Shakers

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    Average rating of 4/5. (4 Ratings)

    Little kids seem born to shake: rattles, juice in a sippy cup, their own groove thing. You can delight them with this simple homemade shaker crafted from -- because we know you've got no shortage -- a pair of laundry detergent caps.

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  • Repeat After Me

    Repeat After Me

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    Kids are natural copycats -- or is that copykittens? Either way, you can make the most of your child's urge to imitate with these musical mirroring games.

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  • Sound Lab

    Sound Lab

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    From strumming crib bars to drumming in a garage band, kids always seem to know how to get a bang out of life. Cultivate your child's curiosity with one of these noisy experiments. All you need is a simple mallet: a drumstick, chopstick, or wooden spoon w

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  • Make a Musical Story

    Make a Musical Story

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    In the wonderful children's classic "Peter and the Wolf" (see our favorite CDs, below), composer Sergey Prokofiev assigned an instrument to each of his characters: strings accompany the young protagonist, an oboe signals the appearance of the duck, French

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  • Cardboard Guitar

    Birthday Party Craft: Cardboard Guitar

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    Average rating of 3.5/5. (4 Ratings)

    For your superstar's next party, have partygoers customize cardboard guitars.

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  • A Little Bottle Music

    A Little Bottle Music

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    Average rating of 5/5. (2 Ratings)

    Fill a bunch of bottles with different amounts of water, and you've got yourself an instrument!

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  • Shekere

    Shake Your Own Shekere

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    Average rating of 5/5. (1 Rating)

    Shekeres (pronounced SHAY-ker-rays) are African percussive instruments that today are used by world music performers all over the globe.

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  • Shekere

    Shekere

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    Average rating of 4/5. (10 Ratings)

    An easy-to-make version of an African percussive instrument

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  • Terrific Tap Shoes

    Terrific Tap Shoes

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    Average rating of 3.5/5. (7 Ratings)

    Turn any pair of shoes into temporary tap shoes for when your toddler has dance fever.

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  • Bottle-cap Tambourines

    Bottle-cap Tambourines

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    Average rating of 4/5. (16 Ratings)

    Make and shake instruments that are popular in Brazil and Africa.

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  • What's the Buzz?

    What's the Buzz?

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    Average rating of 5/5. (8 Ratings)

    If you've ever wanted to chirr like a cicada or buzz like a bee, just take this humming noisemaker for a spin.

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