Help your kids "make some music" by giving them the ingredients to build their own simple musical instruments.
Gather your kids and join us in the Invention Dimension! Julius Jr.'s Inventing Time activities give you simple ways to play with your kids that encourage their natural creativity!
Objects Needed to Create Your Invention Pots and bowls
Plastic containers to fill with beans, rice, rocks or other sound-making objects
Large rubber bands, ideally different widths and sizes
Combs, ideally different sizes
Any textured items--sandpaper, bottom of shoe
Optional: different types of music to play (classical, reggae, country, salsa)
Step Inside the Box with Julius Jr.!
Ask your kids: What things make music? Let's see what sound we can make!
Let's see what happens when we wrap a rubber band around this box. What do you notice? What happens when you strum or add more rubber bands?
Here are some things that we could put in plastic containers. What kinds of sounds will they make? How about if we fill another container with something else? Why do you think they make different sounds?
Let's try drumming on different pots or bowls--metal, plastic, wood--and also try drumming on the floor. What makes the sounds louder or softer?
What else could we use to make an instrument? What things could we rub together to make sounds?
If you play music in the background, this could lead to the following inquiries: What types of music do you hear? What kind of instruments do you think are being used?
What Your Little Ones Are Learning
Your child will be learning by asking questions, generating ideas and trying them out--first by creating the instruments, and then by changing the sounds they make with different everyday objects! Playing their new instruments creates a connection between rhythm, sound and motion. Through rhythm and pattern recognition, music nurtures early math skills.
Why "Inventing Time" Matters
Creative thinking begins early in every child's life. It enables original thought and the ability to see solutions where others don't. It provides the fundamental building blocks for success in school and beyond. Creative play has been proven across multiple research studies to be the best path to developing a lifelong capacity for creativity.