Need a simple new paper craft for your kiddos?   Let’s make a banjo!   What a fun way to learn about instruments!   Fun and learning go hand in hand here at Kids Activities Blog.

make a banjo

Paper Craft

I work for my sons’ language school creating arts and crafts projects for 3 to 5 year old. The music unit was a lot of fun for a few reasons. The projects are creative and music is a great thing to introduce and ignite into our children’s learning. I particularly enjoyed creating this “banjo” inspired by Allie at No Time for Flashcards. Super simple. Lots of fun. I highly recommend playing some good ol’ bluegrass music during this project. The kids will love it. I promise. Some of my favorites are Old Crow Medicine Show and Bela Fleck. Materials:
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Glue stick
  • Tape
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Markers & Crayons (optional)
The banjo is a lot more complicated and detailed than this craft but your child will have fun and will get a good introduction to instruments.

Learn About Instruments

What to do:
  1. Cut a large circle, a small circle, a large rectangle, a medium square and four very small triangles
  2. Let your child decorate the various shapes
  3. Glue the small circle center on the big circle, the onto one end of the rectangle, then glue the square on the other end of the rectangle. Finally glue the very small triangles on the square.
  4. Poke holes through the circles and through the square
  5. Pull the ends of the pipe cleaners through the holes, turn over and tape down the end on the other side of the banjo. You can add as many “strings” as you would like to add. Banjos have five strings.
  6. Allow time to dry before “playing”
Thanks for reading! I hope we inspired you today! Marnie

More Kids Activities  

Your child can do so much with a simple paper craft (grab our pinwheel template here) idea like this.   After they make a banjo,  turn on some bluegrass music and  let you child pretend to play the instrument as you dance.   For more great musical kids activities, check these out:

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