INSIDE: DIY Cardboard Tube Kazoo Craft for toddlers and preschoolers is a fun and easy craft that has kids written all over it! Super easy to set up and a great way to craft during the summer or any time of the year!
I haven’t crafted musical instrumentS in a while. The last ones I made were when my twins were just babies at Christmas time. I made Jingle Bell Egg Shakers! That was a lot of fun and I thought this summer was time to craft a new and easy type of instrument – the kazoo!
Do you remember these as a kid? I know I do. They made that wizzy noise that is a combination of a buzz and a whir! They were a staple in loot bagS for me growing up. With this craft your toddler or preschooler can create their very own homemade kazoo made with recycled items!
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How to Make a DIY Kazoo Craft for Kids
- Grab your paper towel or toilet paper tube. We made a kazoo in two different lengths in order to test out the possible different sounds each one would make. If you don’t have toilet paper rolls, cut a paper towel roll in half.
- Use a toothpick to poke two or three holes in the paper towel roll (long kazoo). Use a pencil to make the holes wider. Poke 1 or 2 holes in the shorter kazoo.
- Then we decorated our kazoos using paint, paint sticks and washi tape. The paint sticks were the best option because then we didn’t have to wait for the paint to dry in order to make our kazoos.
- Cut a square piece of wax paper. Place it on one end and secure it with an elastic band. I wanted to see if other types of paper would make the same noise as wax paper. We tried parchment paper and it was not musical at all. There was no noise made when we blew through the other end when parchment paper was used. You can also try using tin foil!
- Invite your toddler or preschooler to try and play their kazoo. To make it work have them repeat the sound “doo” (or “poo” if your kids are obsessed with poo as much as mine they will get a kick out of that). This took a bit of practice. They also have to place their mouth entirely in the cardboard tube kazoo to create a seal. This too will take some practice for toddlers and preschoolers. But once they get the hang of it they will love the sound they can make!
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- Paper towel or toilet paper tube
- Wax Paper
- Elastic bands
- Paint sticks
- Washi Tape
Age Suitability for Kazoo Craft
This activity is good for kids 2.5 years and up with assistance. My kids are 3, 3, and 6 year old.
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