Get your kids started making a racket early on and get their creative fires burning with homemade instruments that are as fun to make as they are to play. Enchantedlearning.com has a huge list of homemade instruments, as does Kinderart.com. Here's a list of some of the great ones from both sites. Box Guitar What you need: -empty shoe box -rubber bands -ruler or stick Remove the cover from the box. Stretch the rubber bands around the box. Attach the ruler or stick to the back of the box on one end to act as the neck of the guitar. To play, strum or pluck the rubber bands. Drum What you need: -empty oatmeal box with cover -yarn -pen -2 pencils -2 spools -construction paper -crayons Before beginning, you can decorate the oatmeal box with construction paper and/or crayons for a colorful effect. Place the cover on the box. Use a pen to make a hole in the center of the cover and in the center of the bottom of the box. Through these holes, pull a piece of yarn long enough to hang around child's neck and down to their waist. For the drumsticks, place the spools at the ends of the pencils, secure with glue if necessary. Beat to play. Water-Bottle Baby Rattle What you need: -1 Empty Water Bottle -1/4 cup of uncooked rice, lentils or beans -Assorted colored ribbons. -Optional beads, sequins or felt shapes -Hot glue or non-toxic craft glue This craft project shows you how to make a baby toy out of a recycled water bottle. This baby toy craft is a great sensory toy for little minds to help them play and develop. Start by taking your water bottle and allowing it to dry. Once it is dry add your "rattle" items. This bottle is filled with rice, sequins, felt cutouts and a few assorted bright beads. Place some glue around the rim of the lid and then pop it on and allow it to set. This is just an extra precautionary in case the top should become loose. Keep in mind this toy is for small infants Birth-6 months so secure the lid with glue to be safe. Rainstick What you need: -A paper towel tube or other long cardboard tube -Aluminum foil -Small dried beans (like lentils), unpopped popcorn, dry rice, or tiny pasta -Brown paper (from a grocery bag) or construction paper -Glue -Scissors -Crayons or markers Trace around the end of your tube onto a piece of brown paper (or construction paper). Draw a bigger circle around that circle and then draw a lot of spokes between the two circles. Cut along the spokes. Put glue on the spokes and glue the cap onto one end of your tube. Cut a piece of aluminum foil that is about one and half times the length of your tube and about 6 inches wide. Crunch the aluminum foil into two long, thin, snake-like shapes. Then twist each one into a spring shape. Put the aluminum foil springs into your tube. Pour some dry beans, dry rice, or unpopped popcorn into your tube. The tube should only be about 1/10 full. You can experiment to see how different amounts and different types of seeds and beans change the sound. Make another cap from brown paper (the same as the first three steps) and cap your tube. Optional: Decorate the tube by covering it with brown paper or construction paper, and then making designs with crayons or markers (or cut-out paper or stickers). Horn What you need: -paper towel roll -waxed paper -rubber band -pen Cover one end of the paper towel roll with waxed paper, secure it with a rubber band. Punch a row of holes along one side of the roll with the tip of a pen. To play, sing a tune into the open end of the horn.