Music is all around us. Bring some melodies into your home with a hand-crafted door harp! Door harps work like a combination between a piano and a wind chime, with “hammers” striking strings to create a soft chime every time the harp moves. This creative instrument will bring a little zen to your everyday routine, and it will provide a fun activity for any budding musician.
What You Need:
- A box with a lid
- A variety of rubber bands
- String or yarn
- Masking tape
- Construction paper, paint and stickers to decorate the box
What You Do:
- Working with the bottom of the box (the corrugated cardboard portion), help your son stretch the rubber bands across the box. Use the smallest rubber bands that will work – you need them to be stretched as tightly as possible. Blue produce rubber bands work well.
- Position the rubber bands approximately 3/4 to 1 inch apart near one end of the box.
- If you have three rubber bands, cut three pieces of yarn.
- Tie one bead to each piece of yarn.
- Stand the box on end with the rubber bands at the top. Hang the yarn from the front of the box so that each bead hangs in front of a rubber band. Tape the yarn into place.
- Instead of putting the lid onto the box, slip the box into the lid so that the rubber bands, yarn and beads are still visible.
- Use construction paper, paint or stickers to decorate the box.
This door harp will not be very loud. Your child can hang it on his door or keep it beside his bed so that he can shake it and make music in quiet moments.