Music is one of the things young children instinctively enjoy. Little Gwen at 13 months is no exception.
To encourage Gwen to not just enjoy but make music, I decided to make her a simple musical instrument.
A makeshift harp created from 3 common household items!
And it turns out this makeshift harp worked better than I'd hoped for!
My husband was so intrigued by my primitive musical instrument that he spent fifteen minutes delicately adjusting the positioning of the elastic bands on the makeshift harp to play a recognisable tune from it.
My jaw almost dropped to the floor. So don't belittle the music-making abilities of this makeshift harp!
How to DIY Your Own Toddler Harp
- Get an empty wet wipe container or tissue box (a sturdy one)
- String a few elastic rubber bands around the container or box
- Tape the elastic rubber bands to the container or box so it's not easy for your little one to pull them off
Then, pluck the elastic rubber bands and listen to the different sounds created by each of the strings! Do some trial and error and you'll realise that the positioning of the string changes the musical note!
Benefits of Music for Young Children
Music helps the body and the mind work together. Exposing children to music during an early phase of their development helps them learn the sounds and meanings of words.
Self-expression and memory skills are also enhanced through music.
If you want to create more music moments with your child, consider transforming your kitchen temporarily into a rock band concert hall! Read how.
I hope your little one enjoys playing the harp! Share your experience with me via Instagram Direct Chat at @miraculove_sg or Facebook Group.
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Hi! I am Yunnie. I am the newly minted mama to a little baby girl and a mum friend to everyone on this special (and many times scary) journey of motherhood. Also a graduated bride with a penchant for weddings.