5 Musical Things To Do With Your Kids In The Holidays
So...it's the school holidays, you've done some day trips, you've exhausted the play parks, you've all probably eaten too much ice cream and now your kid(s) is/are saying "I'm bored!"
Here are a few musical ideas to keep the tears of boredom away and reconnect with each other by communicating in a slightly different way...
1. Making Musical Instruments out of:
a) Household Junk
Anyone that knows me, knows I am obsessed with making music out of whatever random objects I can find. I use these objects in my live shows, whether I'm playing them myself or getting the audience to play them with me.
The great thing about playing junk is that it really doesn't matter if you know how to play music or not. EVERYONE can make music together with a few basic household objects.
I love the childlike happiness that people of all ages have at my gigs as they create a Latin beat with a cheese grater and whisk, or totally lose their inhibitions as they rock a Wok solo.
The picture above is of my son's 'Drum Kit', a prized possession of his which he got as a homemade Christmas present this year. A couple of cardboard boxes, a paint pot, a battered old tambourine and some empty sweet tubs work perfectly well as a starter kit and as an incentive to practice he now earns piece's of a real kit every time he learns a new beat to add to it.
Yes, I know I sound like I've really lost it now, but you actually can make fantastic instruments out of vegetables.
A few years ago I was fortunate enough to see the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra live. These guys tour all over the place, stopping off at the local market in the area they're playing in, creating instruments from whatever veg they find there and then playing the entire concert on vegetables, including a chef who keeps time whilst chopping as he makes a soup that everyone eats afterwards. It really is the most wonderful, crazy spectacle, encompassing all genres and world music's along the way.
c) Objects in Nature
Go for a family walk in nature - woods, seaside, countryside and pick up some found objects along the way - sticks, stones, driftwood, shells, leaves etc, What sounds can you make from them?
When you get home, try creating
a sound sculpture together
either in your garden or house. Use paint, string, coat hangers and bits of wood to hang your nature chimes, or create organic xylophones or stone drums. Then play together!