Making Music - Homemade Harmonica

Our church has a great nursery program and they often inspire me with their craft ideas. Last week, in Little C's class, they made these clever homemade harmonicas. When Little C's sisters saw her harmonica, a few fights occurred, so to keep the peace, I made them some of their own. They were super simple to make and my kids had enough of these Homemade Harmonicas to start their own band.

Make your own harmonica - simple craft that will delight your kids!

Supplies You Will Need:
   harmonica supplies

First you will want to cut out two construction paper strips. I cut mine 1 inch wide by 4 or 5 inches long. The kids could not decide on a single color so we did pink and purple. 


Wrap your strips on each side of the craft stick making sure to keep them near the edge with a bit of craft stick still showing.

   making a harmonica

Wrap a rubber band around the length of the craft stick.

   easy homemade instrument

Place the second craft stick under the one with the construction paper strips and using another rubber band, wrap the ends together.

homemade musical instrument

 Do the same with the other end and you should have something that looks like this.

Homemade Harmonica

Now your homemade harmonica is ready for playing. Make sure your kids blow on the wooden middle part and not the part covered in paper. Playing this homemade harmonica will require some practice. At first my girls were biting down on the stick which will not allow the breath to travel. But with some practice, we were making music!

child playing harmonica

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  1. Fantastic! I can't wait to try it with my students!

  2. What a fun idea! I may try this craft with the children in our MOPS program(mothers of preschoolers). Now all I need is a bible lesson. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I see a "make a joyful noise" Bible lesson :)

  3. We have to try this. My 3 year old loves the harmonica.

  4. Love this idea! Cannot wait to give it a try!

  5. Amazing! I tried it out, and my 5 year old is addicted!

  6. Amazing! I tried it out, and my 5 year old loves it!

  7. I'm just wondering how you secured the construction paper strips... With tape or glue?

    1. The rubber band holds them in place, no tape or glue necessary.