How to Create a Rainbow Xylophone

Who said that children needed high tech toys and games to have fun ? They has yet to play with a DIY rainbow xylophone. This old school method of toy creation will have your tot moving and grooving in no time and all you’ll need is water, food coloring and a few glasses.

Method 1

Turning Preparation Into a Joint Activity

Invite your child to help you design the xylophone

    1 Invite your child to help you design the xylophone. Although pinging on glasses is fun, creating the xylophone is just as       thrilling for small children. Make sure you explain what you are about to do so that he or she understands what you hope to   achieve.

  • Detail and list exactly what you plan to do to create the xylophone. Explain that when the glasses are filled with water at different levels, each glass will make a different sound.
     Dress your child in play clothes in case the colored water spills on him or her
    2Dress your child in play clothes in case the colored water spills on him or her. While most food coloring shouldn’t stain, it’s best not to tempt fate on your child’s best clothes.
  • Method 2

    Creating the Xylophone

  • 1
    Line the glasses up on a flat surface. Have them almost touching each other so that your child can make music with ease.
     Line the glasses up on a flat surface
  • 2
    Fill a plastic pitcher with water. Bring it to the line of glasses. Explain to your child how you will fill the first glass almost to the top, the next one a little lower, the following glass a little lower, and so on.
     Fill a plastic pitcher with water
  • 3
    Fill each glass with descending levels of liquid. Allow your child to hold the glass in place to help. Find ways to engage and include your child throughout the process.
     Fill each glass with descending levels of liquid
  • 4
    Add a few drops of food coloring to each cup. Ask your child which colors will make purple? Depending on your child’s age, allow the child to add drops of color to the glass to reveal the color.
  •  Add a few drops of food coloring to each cup
  • Method 3

    Making Music

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    Give the child a wooden spoon or chopstick for playing the tunes. Explain how different water levels will produce a different sound.
     Give the child a wooden spoon or chopstick for playing the tunes
    2
    Encourage your child to tap the sides of each glass to hear the different pitches and noises. Provide enough freedom for your child to experiment with different sound combinations.
    Encourage your child to tap the sides of each glass to hear the different pitches and noises
    3
    Ask your child questions during the exercise. Ask things such as “What will happen if you tap the glass at the top instead of at the bottom?” Or, “Which glass has a lower pitch? Why do you think the water level makes a difference?”
     Ask your child questions during the exercise
    4
    Finished. Allow free play time, without questions or hovering. See what music your child feels free to unleash!