Make Your Own Children's Rhythm Instruments

Rhythm Sticks, Rhythm Eggs,
Guiro/Rain Stick, Streamer Sticks & Cups
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"Children have more fun 'doing' children's music when they get to DO something. These rhythm instruments double as objects-to-pass so your kids will do hands-on rhythm & motions while they are singing. Even your 'non-singers' will want to get involved!"

.......................................................................................                                                                                     ..Cathy


Here's how your children "Pass" during songs . . .
Many of my songs for kids encourage participants to pass plastic drink cups or rhythm sticks or rhythm eggs on specific words or beats of a song.  Do What's Right and Pass the Love are great songs for your children to learn how to do rhythmic passing.

Rhythm stick and rhythm eggs for children.



Children doing rhythmic passing with plastic cups. For plastic drink cups, place two drink cups in front of each child within easy reach with rim of cup on floor/table . . . each child will have one cup for each hand. Kids may create rhythm sticks (one for each hand) or rhythm eggs (one egg per person). The following items are also easy for your children to pass: wooden blocks, spoons, wooden sticks, dowels, or empty plastic bottles with sand/rocks in them.

Break a large group of children into many small groups of 4-6 kids. Invite the small group of kids to sit in a circle on the floor or around a table, with children facing the center of the circle. Tell the children to grasp the items to be passed, one item in each hand, but leave them on the floor/table. Each child will pass their cups/sticks/eggs to the child on their right - leaving them within easy reach of their neighbor. Then each child will grab the new sticks/cups/eggs that have been passed to them and pass them to the child on their right again until the song ends.

Children may pass on specific beats (beat 1 only, then try beats 1 & 3 to really speed things up), on certain words (the word "do" in "Do, Lord), only on words that start with "C", or whatever. You may also use the rhythm instruments in place of claps or snaps in a song - simply have children tap them together or tap them on the floor in place of the claps.

POINTERS: Start slowly. Have the children practice passing to the right a few times before they sing the song (1-2-3-pass, 1-2-3-pass)  It's important for the children to know the song, so learn the song first and then try passing. Including adults in each circle can be helpful when the children are learning rhythmic passing. As small groups of children get skilled at passing, encourage them to put 2-3 small groups together to form one large passing group.


The Action Pack - a collection of 10 children's songs with rhythmic passing in every song.

The Action Pack ($30 + shipping) includes sheet music (piano score with guitar chords, actions & sign language) in a 3-ring binder, a lyric sheet, a CD with separate vocal/keyboard and keyboard-only tracks, plus permission to make lyric sheets & copies of music for teachers, children's choir directors & accompanists.

Click here to order or listen to short samples of the kid-friendly songs in The Action Pack.

Need some ideas on how to incorporate children's music into your class time?
Check out my multi-dimensional learning lesson plan page.

PVC Rhythm Sticks

Supplies needed to make a pair of sticks:
1) 2 12"-18" pieces of 1/2" thin-walled PVC pipe
2) 4 1/2" PVC end caps
3) 1-2 tablespoons of steel B-B's or popcorn or rocks
4) Assorted colors of electrical tape and 1/4" package ribbon
5) PVC cement / glue & adhesive remover
6) Fine sandpaper, damp cloth, paper towels
7) Drill, scissors, hacksaw
8) Darning needle with large eye

Eggs, sticks and cups add rhythm to songs for kids.

PVC pipe comes in 10' pieces. Using a hacksaw, cut 2 pieces of PVC pipe measuring 12"-18". Sand off rough ends of pipe and words on side of pipe. Use adhesive remover to remove price tag glue. Wipe sticks clean with damp cloth and set aside.

Drill small hole in center of 2 of the PVC end caps. These holes need to be a little bit smaller than the B-B's you're placing inside the sticks but large enough to get a darning needle and ribbon through. Cut 4 pieces of ribbon in 12"-30" pieces. Thread ribbon on needle and pull needle to center of ribbon. Put needle in drilled hole, going from outside to inside of cap; pull into cap only a few inches. Cut ribbon to remove needle, leaving ribbon in hole. Continue adding ribbon. When finished, tie ribbon ends in a knot & trim ends - knot will be inside the stick. Put PVC cement or glue on pipe and glue one ribboned end cap on each stick. Remove excess glue with paper towel.

Place 1-2 tablespoons of B-B's or unpopped popcorn or rocks in each stick. Glue remaining un-drilled end caps on each stick. Remove excess glue with paper towel.

Decorate sticks with electrical tape. Zip-curl ribbons with scissors to make them curl.

Cost: $1-1.50 per pair of rhythm sticks.

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  Rhythm Egg

Supplies needed to make a rhythm egg:
1) 1 plastic egg
2) Assorted colors of electrical tape
3) 1 tablespoon of steel B-B's or popcorn or rocks
4) Scissors & tablespoon

Cups, sticks and eggs add rhythm to music for children.

 
Select plastic egg. Measure 1 tablespoon of steel B-B's or popcorn or rocks and place in one half of egg. Close egg. Cut a piece of electrical tape long enough to wrap around the egg on the seam. Place tape over seam to seal egg. Decorate egg with stickers, markers, or additional electrical tape (optional).

Cost: 20-50 per egg.

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A child's streamer stick made with crepe paper.

Streamer Stick

Whether you put streamers
on one or both ends,
these paint stir sticks add color
and motion to any song or story.

A children's streamer stick made with a paint stirring stick.

Supplies needed to make a streamer stick:
1) 1 paint stir stick
2) Crepe paper (rolls of assorted colors)
3) Masking tape
4) Scissors
Select color of crepe paper (the liturgical color of the season, green for the garden of Eden, red & yellow & orange for the fiery furnace, blue for the waves surrounding Noah, etc.) and cut six pieces in 2'-3' lengths. Tape one piece of crepe paper to end of paint stir stick. Continue until three pieces of crepe paper have been taped to each end of paint stir stick.

Cost: 25-50

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Guiro / Rain Stick

Supplies needed to make a guiro / rain stick:
1) 1/2" flexible conduit
2) Two 1/2" PVC end caps
3) 1-2 tablespoons of steel B-B's
4) PVC cement / glue
5) 1/4" package ribbon
6) paper towels
7) Drill, scissors, hacksaw
8) Darning needle with large eye

Rain stick made for children using plastic tubing.

Flexible conduit comes in 10' pieces. Using a hacksaw, cut 1 piece of conduit measuring 12"-18".

Drill small hole in center of 1 of the PVC end caps. This hole needs to be a little bit smaller than the B-B's you're putting inside but large enough to get a darning needle and ribbon through. Cut 4 pieces of ribbon in 8" pieces. Thread ribbon on needle and pull needle to center of ribbon. Put needle in drilled hole, going from outside to inside of cap; pull into cap only a few inches. Cut ribbon to remove needle, leaving ribbon in hole. Continue adding ribbon. When finished, tie ribbon ends in a knot & trim ends - knot will be inside the stick. Put PVC cement or glue on flexible conduit and glue on ribboned end cap. Remove excess glue with paper towel.

Place 1-2 tablespoons of B-B's inside. Glue remaining un-drilled end cap to conduit. Remove excess glue with paper towel.

A guiro can be used as a percussion instrument by running the handle of a spoon over the grooves on the tubing. Hold guiro in one hand and scoop-side of spoon with the other hand. Run handle of spoon over grooves for a washboard-like sound. For a rain-like sound, tip one end of guiro up then tip other end up to get BB's to trickle down. For a maraca (rattle), shake guiro from side to side.

Cost: $1 per guiro / rain stick

Verses You'll Remember
A collection of songs for children that incorporates both the streamer stick and the guiro / rain stick PLUS lots of other hand rhythms and sign language into the music.
Children will memorize 30 Bible verses while they are having fun!


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