Handmade Kitchen Band Instrument Instructions

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Things You'll Need

  • Oatmeal container, empty
  • Construction paper
  • Glue
  • Large pot
  • Ribbon or yarn
  • Wooden spoons
  • Two large table spoons
  • Cork
  • Rubber Band
  • Water bottle, empty
  • Pencil

One interesting thing about music is that you can make an instrument out of just about any object. The kitchen is a resource for items that can be turned into an instrument. Metal pots, plastic bottles and wooden spoons each create different sounds that can be put together to create a unique kitchen band.

Oatmeal Container Bongo

Glue pieces of the construction paper to the side of the oatmeal container for decoration. Allow glue to dry before moving on to the next step.

Place the lid on the oatmeal container.

Tap the top of the oatmeal container with your hands. Tap other places on the container for different sounds.

Marching Drum

Place the pot on a table so that the bottom of the pot is facing up.

Tie one end of a long piece of ribbon or yarn around one handle of the pot.

Tie the other end of the ribbon or yarn around the other handle of the pot.

Place the ribbon or yarn over your head and allow the pot to hang below your waist. Adjust the yarn or ribbon if necessary.

Use wooden spoons to tap the pot.

Musical Spoons and Water Bottle Guiro

Place two table spoons back to back. Put a piece of cork in between the spoons at the base of the spoons.

Fasten the spoons and cork together with a rubber band.

Hold the spoons at the base in one hand and tap the top of the spoons on the palm of your other hand.

Take the lid off of an empty water bottle and discard. The bottle should have grooves on the side.

Slide or scrape the pencil across the sides of the bottle.


  • Supervise any children working on these projects. Be creative and make other instruments, such as pot cover cymbals, maracas and shakers.