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Making musical instruments

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Wales, 4-5 year olds

The children were provided with a variety of resources to make instruments. The activity fostered creative dispositions in a number of ways. For example children were motivated to make musical instruments in a different ways. They showed curiosity in exploring the sounds made by their instruments and how they could be changed, making connections between the sounds made and their actions. For example one girl developed her own systematic investigation. She calmly, carefully and in a very considered way put dried peas one by one into her pot. Every time she added a pea she shook the pot, considered the noise and added one more. She continued for some time. Implicit in her actions was the question ‘what happens to the sound if I add another pea?’, and an exploration of relationships between the number of peas and the sound produced. 

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