Summer Fun For Your Little Musician: Craft & Song

Is your little music-maker missing her music classes? Does your child need a creative outlet for his energy? Let Waldo's staff teach you to make a quick and easy castanet, and follow along with a toe-tapping song in this short video.

To make the castanets, you will need:

Bottle caps
Pens, pencils, markers, or colored pencils

  1. Cut out a strip of cardboard roughly 6 inches long by 1.5 inches wide (or even smaller, if this is too big for your little one's hands). You can round the edges or leave them square.
  2. Decorate your strip! Draw crazy patterns, add some color, practice your letters by spelling your name - anything you like. You can paint the bottle caps, too, or color them in with a permanent marker.
  3. Fold the strip in half with the decorated side out. 
  4. Glue the bottle caps to the inside of the cardboard strip so that they line up when the castanet is closed. If your coardboard is thick enough, press the edges of the bottle cap into the board for a better hold.
  5. Let your castanets dry.
  6. Have fun clacking away! 

When the castanets have lost their shine, check out one of our books on more homemade instruments or browse through a selection of sing-along songs to perform at home. Set up a stage, get the band together, and put on a show for the whole family next time you get together!

Share your results with us! Tag us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with @alachualibrary - and have fun!

Craft and Sing with Mr. Jishnu