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Musical Fun From Homemade Household Items


by Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou


If you got the chance to travel around the world, you’d find some unique and wonderful musical instruments made from everyday items.  For instance, in the rural United States, the washboard left it’s soap and suds behind and was turned into a dynamic rhythm instrument that you can hear in Cajun music or keeping the beat in old-timey or jug band music.  In Peru, a donation box used in churches to collect offerings became a little box instrument called a cajita.  Simple to play, it creates great rhythms while encouraging both motor and listening skills as well!

If you’d like to make and play either of these, check out these resources: 

All about the cajita and how to make a homemade version: http://wp.me/1gB0a

Listen to a washboard, a washboard song, color a washboard online or as a pdf here: http://www.dariamusic.com/washboard.php

Make your own washboard from recycled supplies: http://www.dariamusic.com/make_Washboard.php

The activities here are perfect for summer camps, classrooms or homemade musical fun.  I hope you explore and enjoy these simple musical instruments and have a blast with this creative, homemade musical fun!  

-Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou www.dariamusic.com

Please click here to view all of Daria's music on Songs For Teaching.


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Read some books about Peru:
Secret Melody
Carolina's Gift: A Story of Peru (Make Friends Around the World)
Peru (Countries of the World (Capstone))
Patterns in Peru: An Adventure in Patterning
Children of the World - Tomasino: A Child of Peru
Paddington: The Original Story of the Bear from Peru
Secret of the Andes
Francisco Pizarro: Journeys Through Peru and South America
Miro in the Kingdom of the Sun
The Stolen Smell
Love and Roast Chicken: A Trickster Tale from the Andes Mountains - Spanish Edition
La cajita (A La Orilla Del Viento/at the Edge of the Wind) - Spanish Edition

Music: cajita
Melodias De Cajitas De Musica Para Bebes
Cajita Musical





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