Build Your Own Recycled Instrument with Amplify

Welcome to Day 33!

Today the Amplify Advisory Committee is joining us to teach us not only how to make instruments out of common household items, but they are also teaching us how to play them!  

Home-made Drums

Ayla will show you how to quickly build your very own home-made set of drums. This quick and fun way to make a DIY instrument only needs balloons and a few empty containers and you’ll be drumming in no time. 




Tall containers (various sizes) 

“Drumsticks” – these can be chop sticks, pencils, pens, etc.  

Water Xylophone

Amy will show you how to construct a colourful water xylophone and you’ll learn how to play “Hot Crossed Buns,” the “Alphabet Song” and the “Imperial March” from Star Wars. She’ll also inspire you to start making your own songs! 


8 water glasses (matching if possible) 


Food colouring 

Chop stick, pencil or anything else that will work as a drumstick or mallet 

The City of St. Albert has worked with content developers to provide creative prompts that align with provincial public health measures, and guidance to protect the health system and the community by slowing the spread of COVID-19.

Don’t forget to take a picture of your participation in today’s activity and share it with us online! Use the hashtag #40DaysofPLAY to be entered to win a prize from one of our Festival partners. 

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What is Amplify?:
Amplify provides an inclusive space for youth to express their truest sense of identity through the arts. Run by youth for youth, the program seeks to empower young people to explore their artistic potential, while at the same time cultivating a sense of purpose and belonging within their day-to-day lives. By creating opportunities for success, Amplify develops resiliencies in youth giving them the tools they need to overcome the pressing social issues within their generation; such as, mental health, bullying, and body image. 

Please follow all provincial public health measures when participating in 40 Days of Play activities.

Last edited: August 26, 2021