Make Music

Bang on your flower pots, string your your shoebox guitar, and make some bottle maracas with this week's round-up of music-making activities and printables! Remember that some great learning can come from making some great music and that's what this week is all about.

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Make Flower Pot Music

Kids in preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school will love turning flower pots into homemade musical instruments in this fun and simple activity.
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Shoebox Guitar

All you need to put together this guitar is an old shoebox. Soon your kid will be rocking out while saving room in the landfill.
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Paper Plate Tambourines

Looking for a noisemaker that's more musical than your kid's typical banging and clanging? Make a paper plate tambourine!
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DANIEL TIGER'S Neighborhood: Feel the Music

Music is a great way to explore feelings. While you play this game from PBS KIDS' Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood you can build vocabulary by talking about what feelings the music makes your child feel. Click here to get started.

Bottle Maracas!

Want to build some homemade instruments? These maracas make a racket, and they couldn't be easier to make...
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Drinking Glass Xylophone

Your third grader will delight in learning about sound waves as he observes the different sounds created by tapping on glasses with varying amounts of water.
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Music Memory Game

How many musical matches can you make from memory? Give your child a fun challenge with a matching game!
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Music Note Pattenrs

The music notes on this prekindergarten math worksheet appear in patterns. Kids study each pattern to determine which note should come next.
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Explore the words of music with this activity from PBS KIDS' Martha Speaks. Click here to get started!

Image: Marth Speaks: Courtesy of all characters and underlying marterials from the Martha books TM and Susan Meddaugh. All other characters and underlying materials TM and 2013 WGBH. 

Creative Writing: Music Prompt

What do you like to do when you listen to music? Practice writing sentences by answering this question and more about music in this creative writing worksheet.
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Learn to Play Piano!

Got a budding Beethoven on your hands? Build your child's interest in music with this fun worksheet to help him learn to read the notes on a piano.
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Learn some new lyrics (and words) with PBS KIDS' Fizzy's Lunch Lab. Then, make up some of your own. Click here to get started!

Door Harp

Music is all around us. Bring some melody into your home with a hand-crafted door harp.
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Summer Reading Essentials

Looking for more summer reading ideas? We've picked the best of the best of our most popular workbooks for every grade to help you make the most of your kid's summer. Avoid the summer slide and spark your child's imagination with our picks. Check them out here!

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You and your kids can get creative, or just have fun monkeying around with PBS KIDS Curious George.

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