When discussing the letter “X,” you’re bound to list "xylophone" as a one of the few words that actually start with the letter. Also, don't forget the xylophone while exploring your preschooler’s musical and artistic talents. Whether you decide to let her beat, tap, or make a xylophone, your preschooler is sure to have fun.
Rainbow Glass Xylophone
Don’t toss those empty food jars into the recycle bin quite yet. Why not use them to make your own rainbow xylophone? Collect a handful of jars that are roughly the same size -- but this isn't a requirement. Fill each with water, varying the amounts. Add some food coloring to make each one a different color. Get creative and show your little one how you can mix red and blue to make purple, or yellow and red for orange. Grab a small wooden spoon and let your preschooler lightly tap the jars. She'll have fun seeing how the amount of water in each jar affects the sound. Just keep an eye on her so that rainbow xylophone doesn’t turn into a rainbow mess on the floor.
Preschoolers love to march in their own parades and perform for anyone who will listen. You can join in on this fun, too. Let your little one play her toy xylophone while you "play" an upside-down mixing bowl drum with a wooden spoon. Let her lead the marching band as you walk through the house or around the outside of the house -- if you don’t mind scaring some squirrels along the way.
Craft Stick Xylophone
Painting your own xylophone is almost as fun as playing with one. Grab eight large wooden craft sticks and some tempera paints. Protect your work surface with newspaper and have your child put on a paint shirt to protect her clothes. Let her paint each stick a different color. When the paint is dry, position two sticks so that the tip of one is on top of the other tip, forming a 45-degree angle, creating an open-bottom triangle. Glue the tip of the top stick to the tip of the bottom one. Position the remaining six sticks evenly over of these two sticks, creating your xylophone. Glue the backs of the top sticks to the bottom two sticks. When you're done, it should sort of resemble a colorful picket fence. Let the glue dry before you let your little one play her "xylophone" with a small wooden spoon. This won't have the same sound as a xylophone you buy in the store, but that doesn't mean she won't have a good time "playing" it.
Let your preschool sink her teeth into this xylophone activity. Break a few graham crackers into small rectangles. Mix some white frosting in small batches with different colors of food coloring. Make at least three different colors. Let her spread the colored frosting onto the rectangles with a plastic knife. Arrange the gooey pieces on top of two large pretzel sticks that are positioned parallel to each other on a paper plate. After the edible xylophone is put together, let her pretend to play it with a couple of pretzel sticks. Let her gobble down her xylophone when she's done.
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