It’s almost summer! I can’t believe how fast this school year has gone by. Even though I was not in the classroom this year, my oldest started preschool this year and will be headed to kindergarten in the fall. I want to be purposeful about enjoying the summer before school officially begins for him.
When we bought our home, one of the things we loved about it was the backyard. I envisioned spending countless hours outside during the summer time while our boys were playing. Last summer, I started seeing lots of pictures on pinterest about creating an outdoor music space, or a music wall. I wanted to do something similar, but never got the chance last summer.
I decided to save the project for this summer. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you can check out my pinterest board at the bottom of this post that features outdoor music spaces. There are some really cool ideas out there, ranging from xylophones made out of pvc pipes, to homemade windchimes, to instruments strung up around the yard.
We have a park close to our house that has giant instruments set up for children to play, and it is so much fun! I wanted to recreate that feel in our backyard, but on a somewhat smaller scale. Here are some pictures we took of our son exploring the musical instruments in the park:
I really like the idea of combining percussion instruments and pitched instruments, like they did at the park. I’ve seen several on pinterest that do that, as well. A few of my favorite outdoor music spaces are this one from Wonderful DIY and this recycled music man from Let’s Play Kid’s Music. Some of the things I like about these two spaces are how kid-friendly they are and how easily they integrate into the outdoor space. I also like how they do not overwhelm the entire backyard space. I’m wanting our outdoor music space to be just a small portion of the backyard, leaving plenty of room for playing tag or duck, duck, goose.
I’m so excited to work on this project! I’m going to be detailing the project as I go, and hope to share the final reveal before the official start of the summer (might be wishful thinking here).
Here are some ideas I’m thinking about so far for the space:
- pvc pipe xylophone (like the ones they have in this post)
- wind chimes or xylophone keys
- giant piano mat
*keeping in mind the neighbors, of course 😉
- rhythm sticks
- sandpaper blocks
- handmade drums (coffee cans or oatmeal tins)
*found sounds are everyday items you can use to make music.
- balls or brooms
- kitchen utensils, like wooden spoons
- plastic cups – these were always a favorite with my students
- pots and pans
Have you ever made an outdoor music space? What are some of your favorite ways to explore music outside? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!