This week, we are going to discuss simple rhythm instruments for children. Playing a rhythm instrument is fun, easy, and does more than occupy a child’s time. As a child learns to play a rhythm instrument, it impacts their listening and motor skills which later impact their reading ability. They will also develop a sense of rhythm and train their ear to hear a beat.
Here are some ideas for simple rhythm instruments. Put on some music (suggestions below), grab an instrument yourself and join along with your child as your create a miniature band! These instruments can be purchased online or at your local music store. I love “Music in Motion,” for all of your musical needs (phone: 800-445-0649 or www.musicmotion.com).
Today: Instruments to Blow Into:
Kazoo—to play a kazoo, blow into the mouthpiece and hum at the same time. This produces a musical sound. You can make buzzing insect sounds, quaking duck sounds and many other barnyard sounds. Hohner makes great kazoos of all shapes, sizes and colors. For young children, purchase a jumbo kazoo for small hands
Slide Whistles: these are great to blow into—you can create siren sounds, bird calls and even spooky sounds. The child blows into the whistle while sliding the plastic tubing up and down.
Steamboat Whistle or Train Whistle: these are made from pine and the child blows into them creating the sounds that trains and steamboats make. Put on John Denver’s “All Aboard.” This CD includes songs about trains and steamboats. I especially like “Freight Train Boogie/Choo Choo Ch’Boogie.” This is a get-up-and-move-to-the-music sound. Play your whistles while boogieing.
Bird Warbler: these are simple to use—simply fill them with water, blow the pipe and hear the bird chirp! It is fun to go outside in the spring and play the warbler; attracting other birds into your yard.
Owl Whistle: this is a simple whistle—just blow into the mouthpiece—and “hoot” like a real owl!