K-2 Makey Makey Project (Part IV)

This week the girls finished their Makey Makey musical instruments. They did a great job, all of the instruments were well made from upcycled materials and I only had to make a few minor changes to ensure the Makey Makey alligator clips could attach correctly. The creativity and teamwork of the girls across years K-2 has been outstanding. They worked so well together to create their instrument and took enormous pride in what they were doing.

Here are some of their amazing creations:

Coo-Coo

Coo-Coo

Gee-Gee-Tar-Tar

Gee-Gee-Tar-Tar

Crocodile Violin

Crocodile Violin

Zing Zong

Zing Zong

Prep School 5

Prep School 5

Killer Tar

Killer Tar

Butterfly Key Piano

Butterfly Key Piano

As well as creating some imaginative looking instruments the girls also requested some interesting sounds to be played on the instruments. Sounds used include piano, cello, saxophone, guitar, but also wacky sounds such as dog bark, laughing, pig snort, pirate sound, fairy dust, whoops and whirls. I like the fact that these unusual instruments play unusual sounds, it adds to the creativity and the idea that students could create whatever they wanted, so the designs, creations and sounds were all their own work.

We showed the instruments to parents at a recent open day at school and the reaction was very positive. Parents also loved the creativity and how unique this project is. They said “We didn’t have this when we were at school.” They liked the fact that students worked in groups and were able to develop these skills as well as communication skills. Parents also welcomed students making things with their own hands, rather than just staring at a screen or leafing through a book.

This project has been an absolute pleasure to be a part of and I would definitely run it again with K-2 students. For me, this project is about young students being encouraged to be creative, artistic, solve problems, teamwork, communication, practical and confident with technology. It is about them making something real, starting with just some basic materials and turning them into something magical.

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