No instrument? No problem! You'll be making your own with an empty tissue box, several large rubber bands, pencils and paint, crayons, stickers or any other craft materials you'd like to use to decorate your instrument. Feel free to incorporate foam shapes, pom-poms and more.
Have the children decorate empty tissue boxes with the craft materials that you have available. If using paints or glue, allow the boxes to dry before proceeding.
Once their tissue boxes are decorated, demonstrate how to safely place two rubbers bands around each box. Space the rubber bands at least 4 inches apart from each other.
Have children strum or pick the bands to see what sounds they can make, and listen to them resonate in the box. Encourage them to experiment with moving the bands to see if the sounds change.
Place a pencil underneath the bands on either side of the box opening. How does that change the sound? Provide additional materials and let the children explore the sounds of different materials and placements.