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Tap and Scrape

Objects that make interesting sounds when tapped or scraped.


  • empty containers and lids made of various plastics and metals (containers and lids with ridges on the sides make interesting sounds)
  • cardboard boxes and mailing tubes
  • craft sticks, rulers, and unsharpened pencils with erasers for tapping or scraping


Model making sounds by tapping or scraping the containers together or scraping/tapping the containers with a pencil, craft stick, or ruler. Then invite children to make their own interesting sounds. Ask, Can you make an instrument? Save your instrument so we can play it later.