DIY Summer Camp – Week 6: Turn Up the Volume for Music and Sound Play

Creative adventures your family can do at home

By Sarah Hauge, Macaroni KID Englewood-Greenwood Village-Centennial Publisher July 8, 2024

Bring the excitement of summer camp to your own home with our specially curated family-friendly itinerary of themed activities. We've created a sample schedule to help you brainstorm ideas that will work best for your family.

This week, find your family fun® with MUSIC & SOUND.

Microphone Cupcakes

Supplies needed: cake mix, regular-size cake cones, frosting, crumbled cookie topping or brown sprinkles, muffin pan, foil

Get the step-by-step instructions to make them here.


  • The ABCs of Metallica by Metallica & Howie Abrams
  • The Story Orchestra: Four Seasons in One Day by Jessica Courtney-Tickle
  • Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle
  • Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews
  • The Story of Rock and The Story of Rap by Editors of Caterpillar Books

Musical Water Glasses

Supplies needed: 5 water glasses, water, metal spoon, food coloring (optional)

  1. Fill each glass with a different level of water. Add food coloring to help differentiate the glasses.
  2. Tap the side of each water glass to hear a different tone.
  3. Write your own song on paper. Use the colors to help!

DIY Instruments

Supplies needed: boxes, rubber bands, paper towel tube, rice, plastic spoons, wax paper

Get the step-by-step instructions to make four different instruments here.

Drum Painting

Supplies needed: paper, watercolors, paint brushes, music

  1. Turn on some upbeat music.
  2. Dip your paintbrushes in watercolor paints.
  3. Tap your paintbrushes to the beat and watch the masterpiece come together before your eyes.


Download FREE printable postcards.

Print the designs on cardstock paper. Color and cut out your artwork. Address and stamp your postcards, and then send them to family and friends.

Movies & Shows

Plan an Adventure

Attend an outdoor summer concert or visit a local park that has playground musical equipment, such as: