Twenty Percussion Instrument Giveaway

20 Percussion Instrument Giveaway

Jingle Bells and Egg Shaker Package Giveaway
Make your own egg shakers too!
-Just in time for Easter!

Singing and storytime circles are even more fun when each child is handed an instrument to play.  While there are many instruments that are great for music circles, these 20 percussion instruments all in one package looked like a great value, especially if you are just getting started.  Even if you already have a collection of instruments- there's always room for more!

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Jingle Bells Rock!

And not just at Christmas time, although they are even more special during the holidays.  Singing "Jingle Bells" with real jingle bells is a favorite activity for many children. 

My favorite part of about these particular Jingle Bells is that they can be worn.  Strap them on the child's wrist or ankles and they have all the invitation they need to get up and move.

I have a backpack full of different hand-held percussion instruments.  In a classroom setting our three jingle bells are always some among the first to be picked, along with the triangle.  They are very popular!

Egg Shaker Fun

Egg shakers are so much fun!  Because they are relatively inexpensive, especially if you make your own, every child in a storytime circle or preschool setting can have their own to play with.  When I bring my collection of instruments, the kids often fight over particular instruments, so having a variety of the same kind can help eliminate the jealousies tiny children are prone to have.

There are many egg-shaking songs available on the internet that are relatively easy to learn.  As I looked online for a few to share with you, JBrary's pinterest page had the best examples that were easy to digest.  I shared one of their videos on the right.  I love that while their primary focus is on storytime circles in a library setting, they have incorporated so much music into their special hour.  Isn't that awesome?!

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While egg shakers have applicable use even in professional music, homemade egg shakers are best for very young children.  They don't have a rich enough sound to carry through in a band or choral setting. 

True story- I asked my kids if they would sit in a circle so we could take a picture of them having fun with the Easter eggs.  My oldest (8), who thought they were the bee's knees at 3, absolutely did not want to participate this time.  He told me he was not going to lie to the internet world about how fun the eggs were to play with by putting on a happy face when he really thinks that they're baby stuff.  Um, okay.  I appreciate your integrity, bud.  My 6 and 5-year-olds were indifferent.  My 3 and almost 2 year-olds were thrilled to play along.  I share to give you an idea of which age-group will appreciate egg-play the most.

Make your own Easter Egg Shakers

It's hard to believe that it's been five years since I made our last post on making Easter Egg shakers.  They were so much fun, but they didn't make it past Easter.  Since that time I have seen another musician make them by taping them shut with colorful duct tape.  Now THAT is the way to do it!  The eggs we made the first time were durable enough, but the temptation to try and open them was too much.

This activity is easier to do before Easter time because the stores are well-stocked with plastic eggs.  However, you can buy Easter eggs year-round online so don't let the season stop you if this is something you want to do.​

We made ours with rice, although a variety of materials can be used.  Once they were taped down the middle, my kids started shaking them and to our surprise, the rice started coming out of the tiny air holes on either side.  Because of this, we taped them again on the vertical line.  They still ended up being very pretty!  If you use eggs that need the vertical tape, I recommend lining up the holes in the top and bottom BEFORE you tape them down the middle.  I didn't, and it was kind of tricky to tape them so that all the holes were covered.  I had to make a tiny patch on two of them because I didn't know I would face that problem.

The thing I really love about homemade egg shakers is that there is no candy in them and the kids still love them.  Kids get enough candy these days, and some kids are allergic to many of the ingredients found in candy.  You can make a bunch of these to contribute to an Easter egg hunt.  They are easy to make, and the kids love to help.

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Discussion 42 comments

CWH - March 11, 2016 Reply

Would love to donate these to our local school for music class.

Anonymous - March 11, 2016 Reply

What a fun give away! I made egg shakers for the last nursery I worked with, but donated them to that ward when I moved. I have since been called to teach music time again, so thanks for the reminder! The bells would be an awesome addition to my instrument collection! I agree, it is always best to have duplicates of instruments to elimate tears! I’ve been trying to lead a story time for the community too and always love to get the children actively involved. Egg shakers and bells would be perfect! Here’s hoping!

    Cyndi - March 11, 2016 Reply

    I guess I forgot to add my name to that last comment! Oops!

      Tamsyn Spackman - March 12, 2016 Reply

      That’s funny, because as I was reading your comment, I thought of you because I think you were the first one I saw make homemade egg shakers in the ward. Then I saw your name. 🙂

Pamela - March 11, 2016 Reply

I would use them during storytime and at our annual Easter Egg Hunt and other seasonal parties.

Stephanie - March 11, 2016 Reply

These would be great to use in my group piano class when we do rhythmic activities!

Shiree - March 11, 2016 Reply

I already use some homemade egg shakers and bell bracelets to teach the toddlers at my church. we love to sing Do As I’m Doing while we shake them!

Beth H - March 11, 2016 Reply

I have been enjoying your blog, and have gotten lots of great ideas for working with my son. Thank you for all your hard work! Definitely going to look into the home made egg shakers.

    Tamsyn Spackman - March 12, 2016 Reply

    Ah, thank you Beth! Good luck with the egg-shakers. My older kids have softened up to them as we have done some egg-hunt activities.

LadyD - March 11, 2016 Reply

Thanks for the wonderful giveaway. I would use these for our summer camp group lessons. What fun!

    Tamsyn Spackman - March 12, 2016 Reply

    I didn’t even think about summer camp! That opens up a whole new avenue of possibilities.

Brook B. - March 11, 2016 Reply

I would use these with my two kids. They love music! I like singing songs with them like 5 Little Ducks and 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the bed. I think these instruments would make our singing time even more fun! 🙂

Nancy - March 11, 2016 Reply

Singing, reciting rhymes, finger plays and making music together are great parts of story time!

Michelle J. - March 11, 2016 Reply

I would love these for Joy School!

Bianca Munoz - March 11, 2016 Reply

These would be for my early childhood development class! Thank you!

Sarah L - March 12, 2016 Reply

My friend is a teacher and she would use them in her classroom.
Thanks for the contest.

Erin Ellis - March 12, 2016 Reply

This would be perfect for our kinder class!

Lana Simanovicki - March 13, 2016 Reply

We would have a little musical parade

Megan A. - March 13, 2016 Reply

I would love these!! I have 60 preschoolers all together once a week for music class (scheduling issues), so I don’t have enough instruments for them each to have the same ones. Getting these 20 egg shakers and 20 jingle bells would be 20 less instruments that I would have to make. 🙂

zoebikutus - March 13, 2016 Reply

I would use these instruments to teach rhythm & recite the alphabet, vowels, consonants, sight words.

amy tolley - March 14, 2016 Reply

these would be great for everyday activities birthday parties etc these are a pretty amazing way to incorporate music into everyday fun…

Gabrielly - March 15, 2016 Reply

I would love to donate these to the local school.

Darlene Owen - March 15, 2016 Reply

We sit quietly and read 2-3 books before nap and night time bed.

Laura - March 17, 2016 Reply

Oh I LOVE using music to help teach things! One of my favorite ways to use instruments is to help with counting! Kids always make such beautiful music!

    Tamsyn Spackman - March 17, 2016 Reply

    So true! I love it when the borders of music learning, math learning, reading learning, etc are dissolved and it all becomes a whole-learning experience. 🙂

Amanda saltsman - March 17, 2016 Reply

I would use these with my children we usually have music and dance daily to keep them active. This would bring more fun.

Anonymous - March 17, 2016 Reply

I would make Easter Egg Shakers. What a great idea! I love singing at Story Time. Thanks for sharing and the giveaway! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

Kristie - March 17, 2016 Reply

Sorry about the Anonymous post. I would make Easter Egg Shakers. What a great idea! I love singing at Story Time. Thanks for sharing and the giveaway! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

Ashley - March 17, 2016 Reply

I would give them to my 2 little boys!

Elicia P - March 18, 2016 Reply

We actually have already made the eggs. My son loves to use them when we play our homemade instruments. He loves music and that is a big part of his day..

Nicole Sender - March 18, 2016 Reply

I would use these with my grand kids to learn rhythm and music enjoyment.

Diana - March 18, 2016 Reply

I’d use these in our homeschool co-op.

KC - March 18, 2016 Reply

I am a children’s librarian, so I would use them in our weekly story times.

Christy - March 18, 2016 Reply

I teach preschool, so I’d be using them in class!

Trish - March 18, 2016 Reply

These would be great for summer camp activities!

Emi - March 18, 2016 Reply

I love those egg shakers and I would use them to teach counting beats.

Patricia Delgado - March 18, 2016 Reply

I would donate these to my daughter’s special needs pre-k class!

Nicole Lancaster - March 18, 2016 Reply

If I win, I would use the Percussion instruments for my pre-school’s music time.

Jenn H - March 18, 2016 Reply

we’re homeschoolers so id love to share these with our little group because we teach the music too! this would be great for teaching patterns and rhythms to the little ones!

Sue - March 18, 2016 Reply

My granddaughter and niece would have so much fun with these. Thank you for the chance 🙂

Leela - March 18, 2016 Reply

I would love them for all of my kids. I’m currently expecting my 8th.

    Tamsyn Spackman - March 18, 2016 Reply

    Ooh, congratulations! I love big families. I’m expecting my 6th. <3

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