How to Make Egyptian Instruments for Young Kids

Updated April 17, 2017

Children are never too young to be exposed to music. Incorporating different musical genres and introducing a variety of musical instruments from many cultural backgrounds are just a few ways to get young people excited about music. If you have children who are interested in having their very own musical instruments, creating homemade versions of Egyptian percussion and string instruments is a wonderful place to start. A popular Egyptian instrument that was used to symbolise the gods is a child's rattle.

Empty and clean an 236ml. water bottle. Peel away the outer label of the bottle by rinsing it under warm water.

Fill your bottle with beans. Measure approximately 1/2 cup of dried beans. Using too many beans will make the bottle too heavy, and not allow the beans to shake around.

Seal the bottle top. Place a thin layer of duct or masking tape around the bottle's cap to ensure that it will not fall off. Test your rattle by shaking it a few times to make sure you do not need to add any additional tape.

Decorate your rattle. Cut out small squares of tissue paper in different colours. Layer the tissue paper over the base of the water bottle with glue, and allow time to dry.

Things You'll Need

  • Water bottle
  • Coloured tissue
  • Dried beans
  • Glue
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Randi McCreary has been writing professionally since 2005. Her work has been featured in "Black Praxis" Second Edition, the NoMoreSilentCries anthology, "Present Magazine," "Riseup Magazine," and "Essence." She is the author of "Sweet.Water.Horizion" and is a tenth year educator with a B.A. in English from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master's in education from Avila University.