Students will create musical instruments out of objects that
are being thrown away or recycled. They will practice using
the “reuse” part of the phrase, “Reduce-
-Clean non-sharp containers that are being thrown away or
This can be given as a homework assignment and / or collected
-Students can make instruments that ring, shake, scrape, tap
-Small items to put in shakers such as dried corn, beans or
-Art materials to use for decorating (tissue paper, glitter,
paint, glue, gems, sequence, etc)
“We have been talking about why it is important to Reduce-Reuse-Recycle.
Today we will use the items we have collected to make musical
Display items collected. Talk about the different types of
instruments that can be made.
Ring- items that make sounds when bumping into each other
such as keys jingling on a chain
Scrape- items that make sound when scraped such as sand paper
Shake- items that make sound when you shake it such as a plastic
water bottle filled with dried beans
Clap- items that make sound when you hit both together such
as 2 blocks of wood
Tap- items that make sound when you hit with a stick such
as a box hit with a popsicle stick or stick found outside
on the ground
Allow students time to explore all possibilities and to be
Create musical instruments, then decorate with art supplies.
Share musical instruments with the class
-Create band uniforms from lesson entitled Garbage Band Uniforms.
-Write a song for all to sing and accompany with musical instruments.
Songs are very easy to write. Take a simple tune from a common
nursery rhyme or song and change the words to sing about the
topic that you are studying. Sing a song about garbage or
recycling, then after the verses play the instruments. This
way others can still hear the words and appreciate what you
have to say.
-Have a parade or a concert.