Welcome to our Kids Corner! Here you can find out how musical instruments work, learn how to build your own (DIY musical instruments for kids!), play games and find recycling tips that can help create a better world. (Parents, click here for resources on climate change).
HAVE A RECYCLING TIP YOU WANT TO SHARE?
WRITE IT HERE AND SHARE WITH OTHER KIDS AROUND THE WORLD!
VIEW ONLINE GAMES WE THINK OUR COOL!
VIEW GAMES THAT ARE EDUCATIONAL WITH A FOCUS ON MUSIC AND/OR THE ENVIRONMENT.
THE SCIENCE OF SOUND
Explore the science behind musical instruments!!
For a deep dive into the science behind musical instruments, click here.
MUSICAL instrument building zonE FOR KIDS!
Choose a musical instrument family to get started! Each instrument is rated by the difficulty of building - Easy, Medium and Difficult. Let's have some fun!!
The musical family that produces sound by the vibration of stretched strings.
Wind instruments produce sound by a vibrating column of air.
Percussion instruments can be shaken, scraped or struck.
WHY TRASH CAN BE AWESOME!
What often amazes people is the quality of the sound of the homemade musical instruments. They sound fantastic, often very close to the real thing. And why not? After all, the physics of the instruments work the same way regardless of the simplicity of the materials. In countries around the world, whenever people build instruments they tend to build them from whatever happens to be in their backyard. What happens to be in our backyards is trash....
And that is another great thing about building homemade instruments – it makes good environmental sense. The concept of using found objects to build cool stuff reinforces the center leg of the ecological troika of Reduce-Reuse-Recycle. From our point of view anything that can even incrementally change our society’s attitude toward trash is a good thing. Like many of the poorer cultures in the world, we view trash not as something extraneous, but as a resource.