Aside from my obsession with new recipes and saving money, my whole goal in life is to trick my second-grader into thinking learning is fun. His teachers have mastered the art of deception. I … on the other hand … well, I’m working on it. Here’s the proof.
My two boys and I had SO much fun with our DIY piano. It
came together in 5 minutes and kept them occupied while my husband and I
prepped lunch last weekend (unfortunately, they still wanted to pluck a tune
when it was time to eat). If it's more fun than eating, it's a success though,
This amazing idea came from a clever book I picked up
during my last trip to our public library. Sound
Projects with a Music Lab You Can Build by Robert Gardner is packed with
one idea after the next to encourage kids to understand the science of noise
and make their own DIY experiments and instruments.
Some require construction experience but the piano we
made was simple enough for my oldest son and I to undertake (my husband raided
the garage to find some of the supplies we needed).
What You Need
8 jumbo craft sticks
1 wooden board
8 dot stickers labeled do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, do
First, my oldest son added the dot stickers to the sticks
and lined them up in order.
To assemble, he lined up the craft sticks so each would
stick off the edge of our table. The first stick (on the far left) stuck out
the farthest, with each stick protruding off the table less and less. We placed
the board on top of the sticks, lining it up with the edge of the table.
Next we added our C-clamps, tightening them so the sticks
were tightly sandwiched between the top of the table and the wooden board. NOTE: Your sticks should be close together
but not touching and the clamps should be placed immediately before and after.
The farther away they are, the looser some of your middle sticks will be.
Now, they plucked the keys, and we made subtle
adjustments to the distance the sticks protruded from the table to tune. Then my
oldest played a song!
Can you guess what this one is?
mi re do re mi mi mi___ re re
re___ mi so so___
mi re do re mi mi mi mi re re
mi re do_________
That's right! It's Mary Had a Little Lamb!!
Oh boy, was this fun for my two boys ... and their dad
too; he was caught jamming out on our DIY piano as well!