Including music in kidmin programs
You probably don't need to be told about the benefits of including music in your children's ministry programs. We've found that playing bright background music as kids arrive sets a cheerful atmosphere where kids are eager to join in. Softer music will settle them down and we use specific music for transitions that helps kids know that it's time to move on to a different area.
But I must admit that, although we used some shakers occasionally, we haven't used a lot of instruments in our music segments and I'm going to begin to include these. For a term, we did add in some Boom Whackers and the kids certainly enjoyed being involved in the music presentation.
But I've checked out some simple ideas for creating your own instruments that you might like to consider for your own kidmin music segments.
The Youth Orchestra of Fresno have an extensive list of musical percussion instruments that you, or the kids, can make yourselves from Chinese Gongs to Didgeridoos and Sistrums, a hand-held percussion instrument that dates back to Ancient Egypt. You'll find the list here.
You can find more ideas for creating inexpensive percussion instrumentshere.
But you also might like to just show the kids a YouTube clip and encourage them to watch the clip and make the instrument.. see below