Making craft stick xylophones in preschool

In my previous post, I shared with you our xylophone playing experience and xylophone science so today I want to share with you how we extended our xylophone extravaganza into the art experience as well…

To make our own craft stick xylophones, each child started by painting four to six large, wooden craft sticks any color they wished…

Once, the children had painted each craft stick, we left them sitting on a tray along with their name card to dry overnight…

The next day, and under supervision, the pre-k children took turns using the hot glue gun to glue their painted craft sticks to to a craft stick base…

Miss Abby helped complete all the remaining xylophones…

This is a completed xylophone. The children borrowed the mallets from our store bought xylophones to play their homemade xylophones…

The craft stick xylophones don’t sound quite the same as the store bought xylophones but the children enjoyed taking home their very own xylophone in the end regardless of sound…

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Links to Grow On

Xylophone Science from Teach Preschool

Playing a Rainbow: Color-Coded Notation for Xylophone from Wholesome Harmonies Music Therapy

Xxx Xylophone from From The Hive

Building a Wooden Xylophone from Welcome to Make Shop

By |2012-07-13T23:59:57+00:00July 13th, 2012|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. artsy_momma July 14, 2012 at 3:04 am - Reply

    Love this idea! Definitely going to use it for our Letter Xx crafts. I have so many crafts sticks to use up so I jump at any cute activity to use them.

  2. artsy_momma July 14, 2012 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    Love this! Going to use it with our Letter Xx activities for sure 🙂 I have so many craft sticks…. always looking for cute ways to use them up!

  3. Jen July 26, 2012 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    Love this idea, but I think I may take it one step farther based upon the assessment that we use. I think I would give the children craft sticks of varying lengths to paint. Then, when they assemble their xylophone, they can problem solve and arrange the sticks in order by length.
    Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful ideas! You are definitely inspiring me to start a blog in the near future!

  4. Kayla June 2, 2017 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    Where can I find the xylophone sticks

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. June 2, 2017 at 12:33 pm - Reply

      Hi Kayla! These sticks are simply craft sticks available in craft sections of most department stores.

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