For this installment in our Hand Made Summer Fun Series (a series of fun activities for kids) we are making kazoos! To help celebrate M-Woww’s third birthday and go with our celebrate summer theme this week, I thought it would be fun to make a homemade musical instruments.
PARENT WARNING: You may want to think about the sound of a kazoo being played all afternoon before you make this…just warning you.
We were inspired by this tutorial from Buggy and Buddy to make our kazoos. Click over to Buggy and Buddy to read the tutorial. We did put our own twist on it by using tissue paper (yes, tissue paper again) to cover our cardboard tube. I found it was much easier to wrap tissue paper around the tube than wait for paint to dry. I also learned a hair tie can work just as well as a rubber band to hold the wax paper. Who would have guessed that we only had 1 rubber band in the house? We used a hair tie for the other kazoo and it not only added some glitz it held the wax paper in place just as well as the rubber band.
We tried different length of tubes to see if that changed the sound. Do you think it changed the sound? Try it and see! You also could try adding more holes or covering holes too. We discussed how the wax paper makes the sound seem louder or amplifying it.
Perform with your Homemade Musical Instrument!
Playing a musical instrument is much more fun when you can perform and share your musical talent. We found a happy Aunt of Lil B and M-Woww to video chat with so we could show off our musical talents. Jellybean didn’t seem to mind she slept through the whole performance.
Have you made a musical instrument before? Share in the comments below!