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An overview of some of my more than 60 homemade musical instruments. They are all designed to be child-friendly - very easy to play, very safe and almost unbreakable. Enjoy! You can find out more at

Instruments used in the orchestra - (9) Bassoon

Balloon Bassoons!!! This is an easy to make and inexpensive instrument for a Pre-K or Kindergarten music center. Materials: PVC pipe, duct tape, and a balloon.

Preschool Crafts for Kids*: Easy Trumpet Music Craft - DIY musical instrument

Home Made Musical Instruments - Child's Play Music. This is where the balloon bassoon idea and came from for my 'anything can be made into a musical instrument' project came from. Alec Duncan is really talented and shows step by step procedure on how to construct the instruments.

How to Make Musical Instruments for Kids : How to Make a Homemade Trumpet Using Soda Bottles & Hose - YouTube

Making Musical Instruments with Kids

Great story about instrument families - Part 1 (Melody Street)

This is Bart Hopkin, the doyen of junk and homemade instruments showing how to make a xylophone from nothing more than some driftwood and some towels. It sounds amazing and there is some very funky music going on here. Bart's site is and his wonderful books, like "Musical Instrument Design" and "Making Musical Instruments with Kids" which are available from Amazon.

Balloon drums from pikemystik's YouTube channel. You cut the open end off a balloon (the bit you blow into) and stretch the balloon over a container. These sound great!