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Let’s make banjos!

Today the children were super creative and made their very own banjos!

We gathered all the resources needed and got started. Music ignites all areas of child development so why not create our own musical instruments to play.

First we glued the lollipop sticks together then coloured and decorated them.

“I’m going to make it a rainbow”

Then we painted the lids

“I’ve painted it my favourite colour”

Lastly we used elastic bands to put around the lids.

“It’s tricky”

The children’s end product! Fantastic!

”this sounds cool”

There are many benefits to making your own musical instruments, some of them include:

  • Increases and develops pride and self-esteem
  • Enhances and promotes creativeness and self-expression
  • Rhythm and coordination
  • Fine and gross motor development

Drumtastic!

The boys and girls have been super busy today making drums! They have really been enjoying playing the musical instruments in our music area, that we decided to be creative and make our own drums.

First the boys and girls painted the tins

Then we cut the ends off the balloons and covered the top of the tin

Then placed an elastic band to keep it sturdy

There you go, fantastic diy drums.

There are so many learning benefits for making your own homemade musical instruments.

  • Increases and develops pride and self-esteem
  • Improves listening skills
  • Enhances and promotes creativeness and self-expression
  • Rhythm and coordination
  • Fine and gross motor development

Let’s make music!

Leaf painting

The children were having great fun this afternoon leaf painting. We went outside to our garden to collect a variety of leaves.

Once all of the leaves were collected they got started, we used our fine motor and creative skills to dip the leafs into the paint and then print them onto the paper.

The children were experimenting with mixing colours together, using their problem solving skills to mix the paint and create another colour.

Animal rescue

Oh dear! Our animals have been tied up!

The children were intrigued as to what they were going to do to help the animals. They decided they would be able to set them free.

Choosing their animal to rescue

The children set to work to rescue their animals, this helped to develop their fine motor skills.

The children had to use their problem solving skills to figure out how to get the elastic bands off

It took a lot of perseverance but the children were so happy when they were able to free their animals

Some children asked if they could tie the animals back up and gave it a go, they asked the staff to try and free them afterwards.

Can you find anything you could rescue at home?

Play dough with a twist!

This morning the boys and girls had lots of fun working together to make some delicious strawberry scented angel delight play dough.

  1. First we poured in the angel delight ingredients

  1. The added a cup full of water

  2. And a cup of cornflour

  1. Then we use our gross motor skills to mix mix mix

As you can see the boys and girls showed great turn taking skills.

Here is our finished product, the boys and girls were very happy with it, we had fun rolling, squeezing, flattening and poking the play dough. We also used natural resources to create patterns using our fine motor and co ordination skills.


“I’ve made a pattern, it goes shell then pine cone then shell”