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Make Your Own Guitar in Preschool

by on Jul 30th, 2011

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Most kids love making any kind of sound or music using whatever materials possible. I remember loving to make a whole lot of ruckus myself when I was younger. It’s cute and funny how every random thing around them can be made into anything they want with just a little imagination. But of course, it doesn’t hurt to also make our own instruments using recycled materials!

We thought of making guitars because of our students’ fascination over it. We noticed how they enjoyed playing the “air guitar” every time we played a song. They’d imagine they were holding a guitar and start strumming their fingers and banging their heads. And so when we told them we were making guitars, they literally jumped for joy!

What you will need:

  • Old shoebox or tissue box
  • 2 Tissue cores or 1 long one
  • Rubber band
  • Glue
  • Old pen/marker
  • Stickers
  • Scissors

Step 1: If you’re using a tissue box, then you need not do this part anymore. However, if you’re using a shoebox, you need to cut a hole in the middle. Does not necessarily need to be round. :)


Step 2: Let the kids start decorating the box (We put one rubber band around the box just so the lid doesn’t keep coming off)

Step 3: Put some rubber bands around the box. 3 pieces will do

Step 4: Insert a pen or marker just a few inches away from the hole. This is important for the kids to be able to strum the rubber bands.


Step 5: Glue on the tissue core by cutting the end a bit to flatten it out


The kids had fun playing with the guitars…EVEN WITHOUT THE HANDLES (tissue core) yet. They were already eager to start strumming!



Cheryl Villareal is a preschool teacher and the owner/ editor-in-chief of On weekdays, she could be found teaching her little tots while Sundays are her workout days. She easily enjoys simple things and loves experiencing new things! Her blog is simply a way for her to share these experiences with people. Besides her blog, she also contributes and writes various articles on Follow her on Twitter

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