Let's Make Music

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In this activity, learners will create their own percussion instrument with recycled materials. Learners will explore design, fabrication, cause and effect and sound through this activity. Activity incudes step by step instructions with pictures, vocab words and definitions to use, fun facts related to the activity and ways to change it up extend the activity. This activity requries basic house hold materials.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Cardboard tube
  • Aluminum foil
  • Beans, rice or popcorn kernels
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Markers, paper, stickers, ribbons


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Technology
  • Mathematics
    • Geometry
    • Measurement
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
    • Vibration and Waves

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Toys


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

Access Rights:

  • Free access



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