Making a Band

Make some sweet music.

  • Target Age:  3-5 
  • Learning Goals:  dramatic play & creative movement, music, social & emotional development
  • Related Episode: Meet Binky


  • uptempo music from many cultures
  • various instruments (real or homemade)


Help children form their own band starring themselves!

  1. Set up: Clear an area of the room for the stage and dance floor.
  1. Choose: Have your children decide on instruments to play. If you can, provide a variety of instruments to choose from (e.g., drums, bongos, guitars, maracas, tambourines, kalimbas, shekeres, spoons, tick-tock blocks). You can also make your own instruments with simple materials (see Making Music).
  1. Play: Put on some music, and encourage children to play and sing along. Try to provide music from many cultures. Check your local library for titles like Fiesta Musical, A Child's Celebration of Rock 'N' Roll, Choo Choo Boogaloo, and Reggae for Kids.
  1. Dance: Let your children dance to the rhythms they hear. They can have fun making up dances with names like "the Snake," "the Swim," etc.

Take It Further

Create rhythm patterns on a drum. Challenge children to imitate your patterns by clapping their hands or beating drums of their own.

With a Group
With a group, you can have quite an event! Let some children dance while others play instruments, and allow them to switch roles after each "set."

Based on an activity in Play and Learn with Arthur, Volume 1.

DW's Unicorn Adventure


Find more activities featuring your child’s favorite PBS KIDS character!