The project should easily be accomplished by ages 4 and up with help from a parent or guardian.
30 min - 45 min
Our project this week, is making musical spoons for Make Music Day. Make Music Day is June 21 and is a worldwide day of celebrating musical expression. Let’s make musical spoons and learn how to play them.
In the U.S. spoons are associated with some styles of folk music where everyday objects are used as instruments. Musical spoons can be made from many different materials including metal, wood, or plastic. Spoons can be held different ways and tapped on different materials to create the right sound.
Listen to special music featuring the talents of the Spoon Lady:
- Two plastic spoons
- Masking tape
- Small rubber band
- Colorful tape
- washi tape, drafting tape or masking tape
- Optional: Markers to color spoons
- Take one of your spoons and wrap colorful tape around the handle
- Repeat on the second spoon's handle
- Add more tape to create a design on the spoon handle, color, and decorate as desired
- Place your spoons back-to-back
- Wind a rubber band around the bottom of the handles, about 1 inch from the end
- Use about 12 inches of masking tape to make a small ball
- Roll the tape between your fingers to make the ball small and tight
- Place the ball between the two handles, above the rubber band
- Move the ball around so it separates the two spoon'sbacks from touching
- Tap your spoons on your hands and enjoy playing your own instrument