Children love to make their own music. And what better place to make music than outside?
Here are some simple ways to add soundscapes to our playscapes, and give children the opportunity to explore and create sound in the great outdoors.
Take the Instruments Outside
- Gather up a basket of simple instruments, find a cosy spot outside and spread out a blanket.
- Hang some colourful scarves or lengths of fabric on the trees or bushes around the area to create a special, visually appealing space that is special and inviting to young musicians.
- Place the instruments in a cubby house.
- Add puppets, scarves, streamers or dress up clothes to encourage self expression in movement and sounds.
An arrangement of drums on different levels always looks inviting: surfaces such as steps, low tables, tree stumps or tree cookies spring to mind. And if you don't have drums,a collection of pots and pans works just as well:
Or you can make your own outside "thunder drums" using old barrels, or galvanised metal garbage bins.
If you would like to make smaller homemade drums take a look at Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning, where they made drums by reusing infant formula containers.
Please Join In
I would love to create more 'sound scapes' in our playground at preschool, so I would love to hear your ideas or experiences.
Part 2: Sound lines, music trees, banging walls