Lah-Lah’s top tips for making music at home

Part of the Kinderling Conversation for parents. Weekdays 12pm-1pm.

Thu 4 August 2016

13 mins

With our Screen Free Challenge underway, we’re looking at different ways to unplug and play and what better way to kick things off than with music!

It’s not surprising to find out that growing up in Lah-Lah’s house was a bit of a musical fun park. “We had a lot of music and instruments around the house and the kids used to pick things up and bang and play,” says Lah-Lah.

“It was tons of fun!” says her daughter Lily, and adds, “Everyone should have music. I think personally it should be essential for all kids to have this kind of enjoyment in life.”

With this in mind, Lah-Lah has a tip for parents and carers: “If your child starts to like a particular song or a particular style, just feed them the music and see what happens.” She says the beauty of music is that “It’s a progressive thing. They go off on one tangent here and that sparks an interest in something else, and that’s how they really grow that musical palette.”

Lah-Lah and her Big Live Band have been entertaining kids, parents and carers right around Australia since 2009. She shares her easy tips for making music with things you have at home. If you don’t play a musical instrument yourself, don’t worry! Make a little drum and a shaker and play along with your kids!

1) The classic

What you will need:

  • Pots
  • Pans
  • A Tupperware bowl
  • A wooden spoon
  • A plastic spatula
  • A metal fork

Go to the kitchen and take out some pots and pans or Tupperware, turn them upside down. Get out a wooden spoon, plastic spatula and a metal fork. Try tapping the pots and pans with different implements and notice the different sounds and textures they make.

2) The shaker

What you will need:

  • An old plastic water bottle
  • A kitchen funnel
  • Half a cup of grains or beans

Get an old plastic water bottle and look in the cupboard for lentils, rice, quinoa or any kind of grain or dried beans. Using the funnel, pour half a cup of your chosen grain or bean into the bottle, and then screw the lid on really, really, really tight!

Then you can get crafty and decorate your shaker by drawing a picture on paper and sticking it to the outside.

 For more music activities from Lah-Lah, check out Kinderling's awesome early learning program, Play & Learn!

Samba rhythms and water bottle shakers | Make it Play It | Lah-Lah

We’d love to see your homemade musical instruments! Take a pic or a short video of your family making music and facebook or instagram it with the hashtag #screenfreechallenge

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