An example of the music Timeline cards.

Key Stage 1
Music

Making Musical Instruments

In this activity your child will design and make a musical instrument using suitable materials and tools. They will follow design criteria to ensure the instrument changes pitch. They will explore the sounds of their instrument and evaluate the product they have made.

Throughout our five Music topics your child will play games to discover Making Musical Instruments, make up silly rhythms and enjoy listening to recorded music. Design and create your own musical instruments. This topic contains 5 activities with accompanying activity sheets. In addition, it covers the following key aspects of the National Curriculum in England: Design & Technology, Music, Physical Education and Science.

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    Relation to National Curriculum in England: = Design & Technology = Music = Physical Education = Science
    Download Links: = Activity Plan = Activity Sheet(s)
Activity Photo Activity Resources Relation to National Curriculum Downloads
Activity Two - Making Musical Instruments

Activity 2
Making Musical Instruments

  • Musical Instrument Design Criteria activity sheet
  • Water Glass Xylophone:
  • 3 – 7 glasses the same size
  • Water
  • Measuring jug
  • Food colouring

  • Straw Pipe
  • Straws
  • Tape
  • Scissors

  • Rice Shaker
  • 3 – 5 plastic/ glass jars with lids
  • Rice

  • Box Drums
  • Cardboard boxes of different sizes
  • Yoghurt pots and containers
  • Tape

  • Stringed Box
  • Cardboard box
  • Scissors
  • Elastic bands
  • Mu1/1.2 play tuned and untuned instruments musically
  • Mu1/1.4 experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the interrelated dimensions of music
  • Dt1/1.1a design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria
  • Dt1/1.1b generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology
  • Dt1/1.2a select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks
  • Dt1/1.2b select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics
  • Dt1/1.3b evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria

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Activity 3
Listening To A Range Of Music

Activity Three - Listening To A Range Of Music

Activity 4
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Activity Four - Making Musical Instruments

Activity 5
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Activity Two - Making Musical Instruments

Activity Two - Making Musical Instruments

Practical Resources:

  • Musical Instrument Design Criteria activity sheet
  • Water Glass Xylophone:
  • 3 – 7 glasses the same size
  • Water
  • Measuring jug
  • Food colouring

  • Straw Pipe
  • Straws
  • Tape
  • Scissors

  • Rice Shaker
  • 3 – 5 plastic/ glass jars with lids
  • Rice

  • Box Drums
  • Cardboard boxes of different sizes
  • Yoghurt pots and containers
  • Tape

  • Stringed Box
  • Cardboard box
  • Scissors
  • Elastic bands

Relation to Curriculum in England:

  • Mu1/1.2 play tuned and untuned instruments musically
  • Mu1/1.4 experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the interrelated dimensions of music
  • Dt1/1.1a design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria
  • Dt1/1.1b generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology
  • Dt1/1.2a select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks
  • Dt1/1.2b select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics
  • Dt1/1.3b evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria

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How do I use these activities?

This activity is a great way for your child to explore their creativity and learn about music, science and physical education. By designing and making their own musical instrument, they will be following specific criteria to ensure that the instrument is capable of changing pitch. Your child will then be able to experiment with the sounds that their instrument produces and evaluate their creation. This activity aligns with the national curriculum of England and is perfect for both classroom and home education settings.

In addition to this activity, there are many other topics available for primary-aged children that you can use to create engaging and effective learning environments. Some examples include the human body, the five senses, and where I live. These topics come with a variety of resources, such as videos, activity sheets, and easy-to-understand activity plans, that will support your child throughout their learning journey.

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