Make Homemade Musical Instruments With Your Troop
If your troop has already completed the Making Music Brownie Girl Scout Try It, the next patch you should have them earn is the Sounds of Music Try It. The two go together and provide continuity for your meetings. While the girls sang to earn the previous Try it, for this one, they will make musical instruments.
Like every other Brownie Girl Scout Try It, four separate activities need to be completed before the Sounds of Music patch can be sewn onto the girls’ vests. The activities for this Try It can be done in stations that are timed, so that they all can be completed within the time frame of your meeting.
You will need to email the parents a few weeks in advance, as the girls need to bring in an empty large size rectangular tissue box, an empty oatmeal box, and an empty paper towel tube to do the crafts. While you are in contact with them, ask for a few volunteers, as these activities require more adult help than just you and your co-leader.
While the Brownie Try It Handbook has several instrument making activities, here are a few more that are not in the book.
Make Maracas Out of Plastic Eggs
If you thought that those plastic Easter eggs were only for hiding coins and candy, then think again! This simple percussion instrument craft can be done quickly and inexpensively.
- Plastic Easter eggs, one or two for each girl
- Rice or barley, uncooked
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Sharpie Marker-one for each girl
- Paper or plastic bowl
- Plastic spoon for each girl
Have the girls fill the Easter egg with the grain you have bought. Have them close and shake it. Do this a few times with different amounts of grain. When they have the sound they want, hot glue the egg shut. Have the girls decorate the egg, and put their names on it, with the Sharpie marker.
Make Oatmeal Box Bongos
Here is another percussion instrument that is easy to make and is eco-friendly!
- Empty oatmeal box with lids, one for each girl
- Construction paper in assorted colors
- Tape or glue
- Hot glue gun
- Stickers (optional)
Measure the construction paper so it will fit around the oatmeal box when glued down later in the craft. Have the girls decorate the construction paper and then glue it to the canister. Have an adult hot glue the lid down so it cannot open and spill.
Make a Horn
This “horn” is easy and uncomplicated to make.
- Empty toilet paper tube
- Wax paper cut into squares
- Rubber bands
- Sharpie marker to write the girls name
Have the girls decorate the tube with markers. Place a wax paper square over one end of the toilet paper tube and hold in place with a rubber band (you can use glue but this will take time to dry). Using the scissor, poke a few holes in the end of the wax paper. As an experiment, you may want to have the girl poke one hole, then hum into the open end of the tube. Repeat until you have four or five holes. Have the girls listen to see how the sound changes with more holes.
Make Musical Jewelry
Jingle bells aren’t only for Christmas! This is another simple and inexpensive craft to
- Elastic (available at craft stores)
- Bells (decide on how many each girl gets)
You can make a necklace or a bracelet, so cut the elastic for each girl according to what she wants to make. Have her string or tie the bells through the elastic and tie in a knot.
Make Pringles Can Maracas
This is another version of maracas that you can make with an empty Pringles can.
- Empty Pringles can
- Masking tape or Scotch tape
- Construction paper
- Crayons or markers
- Stickers (optional)
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks (optional)
- Food to insert inside-rice, cereal, dried beans
Before the meeting, measure and cut construction paper to fit the Pringles can. Decorate the construction paper with markers, crayons, and stickers, making sure her name is somewhere on the outside. When they are done drawing, tape or glue the decorated construction paper to the can. Fill with dried food and put on the lid. Seal with hot glue gun if you’d like.
Make a Pie Plate Tambourine
Tambourines are fun to play and the girls can make this one easily!
- Two aluminum pie plates for each girl (these can be found cheaply at the Dollar Store)
- Dried beans or rice
- Colored ribbon
- Sharpie markers
- Hole puncher
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- For this craft, you will need to cut the ribbon in advance so all of it is the same size
The girls can decorate each side of her pie plates with Sharpies and stickers and make sure her name is on the outside. Place food in one of the pie plates and hot glue it shut. With a hole puncher, make three or four holes close together. Have the girls run the ribbon through the pie plate and tie a knot to keep it in place.
Make Rhythm Sticks
This is a quick and simple craft. The only prep work for yo is to cut off the pointy ends of the skewers if you are using them. If you are using chop sticks, ask you local Chinese restaurant if they will donate them to you.
- Chopsticks or wooden skewers, marked with a Sharpie about 3-4 inches
- Wooden barrel beads
- Paper plate for drying
- Tacky glue
Have the girls decide on a pattern before moving on to the next step. Spread glue onto the chopstick up to the Sharpie mark. Bead all but one bead for each. Put a huge clump of glue at the top and then place on the last bead. Lay on a [aper plate to dry.
It’s amazing how a few recycled household items can be made into musical fun so your troop can earn the Sounds of Music Try It patch!