Just about a year ago, we started to make our ever-evolving music area in the backyard. After seeing some great instruments crafted out of wood scraps and pvc pipe at various children's museums, I put an outdoor music area on my wish list. Then when Teach Preschool featured a post from Jenny from over at Let the Children Play on outdoor music, the inspiration and desire could no longer be contained! It was time to take that off the wish list and make it a reality. I like to think of all of our areas as semi-permanent with continual evolution!
We are a small home based child-care, so our budget for equipment is not very large, but we don't let finances get in the way of providing a quality program. We are very good recyclers!
Our first piece for the music area was our giant xylophone made out of 2x4s. Most of this was from scrap wood, but I think we did end up buying a board or two to finish it off. The photo above is how it initially looked. We found that the weight of the instrument was too great for the rope, so we opted to reinforce it with 2x2s instead and eventually we moved it to be anchored on the fence. (This was primarily for space).
Our xylophone is now full of color! Anytime we do an art project and have left over acrylic paint, we bring it outside to our music area and jazz it up a bit! The xylophone is now a myriad of vibrant colors!
Our banging post is still in good condition. (We left our music area out over the winter.) The wood that holds it all together is looking a little dreary, but nothing a couple of enthusiastic children can't fix with a few squirts of paint!
We have a couple of chimes and a long version of the tambourines on the fence. We hope to add a few more things this year. Some of our thoughts are a "thunder drum" made from an upside down metal garbage can (inspired by Teacher Tom) and a pvc pipe xylophone. Do you have any great outdoor music ideas? Or do you have a different version of something we have? I'd love for you to link up to my outdoor music inspiration linky! It is open indefinitely, and is listed below as well as on my outdoor classroom inspiration page! If you would like, grab the code and add it to your page too! I love having a great collection of outdoor ideas to share not only on the blog, but also when I present at conferences and trainings!