Tin Can Music Makers

BY ON Aug 2, 2012
Simple Homemade musical instruments for kids and toddlers by Learning 4 Kids


These Tin Can Music Shakers are a simple homemade musical instrument to make and you will find most of the materials around the home.

We play a lot of music in our home and the Tin Can Music Makers were so much fun and a great addition to our creative play.


What you will need?


You will need coloured paper, clean recycled tin cans, balloons, scissors, glue, stickers and rice or other fillings for the shaker.  We also used coconut shavings, dried split peas and uncooked pasta to create different sounds such as soft and loud.  My girls had fun trying to pick which item was making that sound when they shook the tin.


Let’s Play


Pretending to play bongo drums!

Let’s Play Some More 


Shake, shake!!  Here are my girls having so much fun dancing to their favourite songs and shaking their Tin Can Music Makers.  We also played games with no music playing, trying to guess what was inside the tin.

Let’s Learn 


And more drums….


Learning Opportunities: 

  • Develop a sense of pride and achievement.
  • Encourages and promotes imaginative play and creativity.
  • Fine motor development and eye-hand coordination.
  • Getting little bodies moving through dance and rhythm.
  • Fun!


More Homemade Musical Instruments:

Homemade Guitar

Homemade Den Den Drum

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12 Responses to “Tin Can Music Makers”

  1. Hello, another great idea :) You and your little princesses are so clever. I like the wooden spoons too.
    Also just saw the kids car wash post – what cool fun.
    Hope you and all are well, great blog Janice you should be very proud of your work.

  2. Kelly says:

    Your tin can music makers are so pretty! The kids look so happy playing with them :-) We’ve been saving some cans to make something like this ~ must get to it :-)

  3. This makes me want to get through that tin of milo quickly! Great post :)

  4. stephanie says:

    I keep coming back to this post. I think it is the colors and the smiling faces. I pinned this, but wish there was a hierarchy to pinning so I can remember certain ideas- like this- to do asap! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Jackie says:

    Brilliant and colourful.

    At the moment my daughter loves to play bongos on my backside (Hmmm!), so I think we should definitely make a few of these.

    I might need some more instructions though. You obviously decorate the bottom with coloured paper. Is the balloon used to attach the lid to the bottom?

  6. Thanks for sharing this cool activity, my boy loves to drum and explore different sounds and this is a great way to be creative, I can see him really having fun with this :)

  7. Caz says:

    You can’t help but smile looking at these photos, what a fun and colourful activity! I love it when you can make something together that you know will be played with over and over again.

  8. Acho o máximo incentivar a criançada a tomar gosto pela música descobrindo diferentes sons.
    Adorei o post!

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  10. Granny says:

    What are used to cover the tops of the cans?

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