The Making Music activity kit from Kiwi Crate is full of instruments for kids to make! Time to make some music!
I got this chance to review a Kiwi Crate, they offer single crates, or activity kits, to order (instead of the monthly subscription), so you can try it out to see if you like it before committing to a subscription.
First of all, what is Kiwi Crate anyway? Its an activity kit sent right to your door. And if you get the subscription, you’ll get it every single month! Its full of activities to do around a certain theme and comes with all the supplies needed to do those activities.
Making Music: Instruments to Make!
Henry chose the Making Music Crate, which surprised me because music is one area we definitely lack in. The boys don’t like to sing and dance, and I don’t really push it.
But both Dad and I have learned how to play numerous instruments, and we would really like it if the boys ended up learning some too. But we don’t want to push it either.
This was my opportunity to get Henry excited about music!
We received the Making Music activity kit and checked out all the things to make in it. The activity kit contains all the materials to make an xylophone and rhythm bells.
Henry decorated the xylophone box and bars and then it was as simple as putting rubberbands (provided, everything you need is provided!) around the box and slide in the bars.
While Henry was decorating, I made the mallets quick with the two colored Popsicle sticks and ‘mallets’. The activity kit came with glue dots to stick them on very quickly, which made it super fast because there’s no waiting time to dry.
Henry was making music in a matter of minutes!
The Making Music activity kit also came with sheet music to make your own! I was absolutely thrilled with this. Kiwi Crate supplied us with a banner with gray dots. And Henry could stick the (also provided) color dot stickers onto each dot.
Those colored dots also got put onto the xylophone bars!
Henry read music for the first time ever! And it was so simple. Color coding the keys is genius!
The activity kit includes a bunch of alternative instruments to make too! A few are ideas that you can also make with the materials provided, such as a guitar. But there’s also plenty of ideas for other instruments to make with regular household items too!
The guitar was Henry’s favorite. He asked for a strap on it so he could carry it around easier to play.
To make the straps, I just used some ribbon I had on hand and stapled it to the box quick. Super simple. And it made Henry’s day for sure!
The other instrument to make in the Making Music activity kit from Kiwi Crate is the rhythm beads.
Its simple with some wooden beads and bells. Thread them onto the string provided, and that’s it! Make them pretty by coloring the wooden beads with the colored pencils. Shake Shake Shake!
And I think my favorite instrument that we made from the Kiwi Crate Making Music kit is the washboard.
Its not part of the kit, but they give instructions on how to make one using the Kiwi Crate box itself! Just the cardboard box with the facing ripped off. Then some tape around the edges to finish it off nicely. Super duper simple.
We used the xylophone mallet to play on it.
Bonus: The activity kit comes with a kids scissors, just because they know with all the activities, you’re likely to need a scissors! How awesome!
The boys have enjoyed their homemade musical instruments for sure! Henry’s proud that he made them himself and plays the guitar quite a bit.
A bunch of Kiwi Crate’s activity kits have been reviewed, check out the selection of them!
- Pirate Adventure from A Mom with a Lesson Plan and another one from Wired
- Salt & Water Experiment at Kids Activities Blog
- A Color Crate from Tinkerlab and another one from Red Ted Art
- Gifts Made By Me from The Artful Parent
- Playful Pets from Ramblings of a Suburban Mom
- Antarctic Adventure from Sew Can Do
- Wild Safari from Macaroni Kid
Thank you Kiwi Crate for sending us this awesome activity kit to make our own instruments! You can order your own single crate or a monthly subscription!