Have fun whilst staying at home with our Yorkshire Attractions activity ideas!

This week it’s Music Week!

Have fun whilst staying at home with our Yorkshire Attractions activity ideas. Every week we’re bringing you activities that are themed around our attractions, to guarantee you will have plenty of fun and learn a lot whilst you stay at home.

This week, get creative and make some music! You may not be able to get out and about to our attractions to make some magical music, but never fear, we’ve got some activity ideas for you to have some fun at home.

1. Make music with water

You will need: several glasses, water, a stick or wooden spoon.

1. Fill your glasses up with different amounts of water and line them up in order of how full they are (from most full to most empty)
2. Tap your stick or spoon on the glasses – which glasses have a higher tone, and which ones have a lower tone?

2. Paper plate guitar

You will need: paper plates, glue, tape, paint, stickers, cardboard, rubber bands, beads.

1. Stack two or three paper plates and stick or staple them together for durability.

2. Paint the stacked plates and decorate them with stickers – this will form the body of your guitar.

3. Cut out two cardboard rectangles and stick them together to make the “arm” of your guitar. Attach them to the back of the plates with tape.

4. Glue beads to the end as “pegs.”

5. Finally, add strings by stretching rubber bands around the stacked plates. For different “notes,” choose bands of different thickness! Keep them in place with some tape.

3. Rainbow tambourine

You will need: paper plate, paints or pens, hole punch, ribbon, bells

1. Fold your paper plate in half, and colour or paint both sides with a rainbow design.

2. Pop some glue on the unpainted sides and stick them together.

3. Once the glue has dried, punch some holes at equal intervals around the curved edge.

4. Tie your bells to your tambourine with small lengths of the ribbon – make sure you do a double knot so they don’t fall off!

4. Sound wave spoons

You will need: string and a spoon

1. Cut two pieces of string of equal length – about 30cm long.

2. Tie the end of each of the pieces to your spoon.

3. Wrap the other ends of the string around your index fingers several times. Place the fingers over the opening of your ears (don’t stick them right in!).

4. Tap your spoon against a wall or table – or get someone to help. Others nearby will just hear the sound of the spoon tapping on the table, but you will be able to hear a bell-like sound!

5. Straw pan pipes

You will need: plastic or paper drinking straws, cardboard, tape.

1. Cut your straws to different lengths (ask an adult to help) – you will need about 8-12 straws in total.

2. Lay your straws next to each other – from smallest to largest – making sure they make a straight line at the top.

3. Cut out a piece of cardboard that is the same width as your straws when laid next to each other. This will give your pipes some structure.

4. Stick your pan pipes together, wrapping tape around the straws and cardboard.

Get creative, have fun and most importantly stay safe!

Don’t forget to stay tuned for more exciting activities next week.

Keep up to date with our musical attractions from home:

  • Discover the exciting music making activities at Eureka The National Children’s Museum with Eureka at Home.