November 17, 2023

DIY ‘Bongo Shakers’ – A great Musical Instrument for Kids

DIY Bongo ShakersThere’s always time for music in our house so I figured, let’s try and make some of our own Instruments! This is a very easy and inexpensive way for kids to get musical & have some fun! Thank you to Mini-eco for the inspiration! You can feel great that you’ve recycled and also made an instrument for less than $1 a piece!

Bongo Shakers

You will need

Cans (we used soup & canned vegetable cans – washed & dried) *make sure there are no sharp edges!!


Rubber Bands


Wooden skewers/Chopsticks

Bongo Shakers

Step 1

Pour some of the rice into the empty cans (a small handful will do the trick)

Step 2

Cut the bottom end off the balloon

Step 3 & 4

Stretch the balloon over the lid of the can

Step 5

Secure the balloon with a rubber band


The kids can shake the cans for ‘shaker’ sounds and beat the top for some wicked ‘bongo’ beats : ) We used skewers for our ‘drum sticks’, but you could use chopsticks or sticks from the garden!

Happy Playing!

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