Summer is a great time to get creative and make music with kids!
This summer we’re featuring an Aboriginal Music + Art Give-Away, homegrown musical instruments, more road trip music freebies and lots of other goodies to keep your summer harmonious. Let’s dive right in!
You’re in the wild out-back of your backyard or local park and what do you hear? A dynamic droning didgeridoo or the tap, tap, tap of Australian clapsticks. Or maybe you hear the buzzing of an aboriginal bullroarer!
All of these super-easy crafts are perfect for outdoor play. You can enter to win a MAKE-YOUR-OWN MUSIC OF AUSTRALIA PRIZE PACK below or craft your own versions by checking out the links and pdf’s here:
Beautiful Bilma - Authentic Australian Clapsticks
Every culture has it’s own clapsticks. We love these because they are so easy to play and can be decorated with the wonderful dot designs seen in Australian Aboriginal art. You’ll find a variety of different ways to make your own pair of bilma here:
A spinning object like a bullroarer creates an amazing sound. Learn a bit more about how both Apaches and Aboriginal people made and played this really cool instrument and how you can make your own!
Create your own aboriginal-style art on two pvc “homemade didgeridoos” plus 2 sets of clapsticks. How do you paint them? We’ve partnered with a great company called Natural Earth Paints whose beautiful, non-toxic paints are actually made from the Earth!
Natural Earth Paints are amazing and beautiful, all natural paints. They are mixed with water and used in the same way Aboriginal people combined pigments and painted their special objects or their faces. You can win a complete set of these wonderful paints above, and we also encourage you to visit their website to learn more about the items they offer, including natural face paint at: www.NaturalEarthPaint.com
Check out our homemade instrument fun below and don’t miss our “tin can” dulcimer give-away. Not only is this prize an awesome recycled instrument but ANYONE can play it. Even grown-ups who consider themselves “musically-challenged” will be able rock out on this nifty little primitive stringed instrument! !
Awwwwnk! Follow these easy steps to call your neighborhood mallard or just surprise someone you love with how you can make a realistic horn from a simple piece of grass!
If you’re wandering in woods this summer, find a branch shaped like the letter “Y” and you can make this neat little instrument that dates back to ancient Egypt.
Yes, you CAN play this instrument – ha! The fretboard is set up in a very simple way so that – if you can count – you can play a song. It’s just that easy. Read about it on our Tiny Tapping Toes blog or enter to win one below:
Win a tin-can dulcimer plus a book of songs so you can get playing right away. Perfect for children or adults, this little instrument will boost your confidence as well as provide hours of family musical fun!
Check out our tips for making road trips more fun – with music. Posts are below plus three new “take-along” songs! Happy summer adventures!
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COMING IN SEPTEMBER
Catch up with us in September for some back to school and homeschool musical fun. Plus we’ll have a new free E-book on instruments to celebrate Hispanic Heritage.
See you in September!
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