This homemade baby guitar instrument using rubber bands is lots of fun for babies, toddlers and even preschoolers! It’s so easy to make. Along with the rubber bands you just need a simple baking pan. I always get a warm and fuzzy feeling when I see my children playing, especially when it’s with bits and pieces that we have made ourselves or thrown together without much planning or preparation. I love when we can make our own games and play activities.
Boo (aged 15 months) has so much fun with this homemade musical instrument. She loves to be able to carry it around with her and play the rubber bands at any time.
This is not a new idea, you’ve no doubt see this idea elsewhere, but it’s a great one and worth trying with your child at home. All you need is a banking pan, a few rubber bands and a bit of your time to supervise them playing. You’ll delight in watching them experiment with the different sounds made from the rubber bands as your child pinches and plucks at them like strings on a guitar. It’s a wonderful activity for developing those fine motor skills and an understanding of cause and effect. Of course if you have rubber bands that differ in thickness and elasticity then your child will be able to hear lots of different sounds. For older children who may be in preschool, you could give them an opportunity to test how a rubber band can vary in sound depending on how it’s used. Does it make a difference to the sound if the rubber band is stretched over wood? What sort of rubber band makes a low (or high) sound? Your investigations could go on and on with this simple homemade musical instrument.
Would your child enjoy playing their own homemade guitar?
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