Make a hanging structure or musical washing line of instruments and sound makers for children to explore in their own time. Include things to shake as well as tap. Experiment with what makes and interesting sound – many metal objects like long spoons have a bell-like sound when they’re hung up. Include the children in choosing and hanging things up.

  • hang things on a fence – use old saucepans and any metal objects, and also attach wooden spoons on long strings for hitting them with.
  • hang things on a rope between two fixed points
  • permanent installations – some settings invest in solidly made long-term outdoor soundmakers
  • or hang them off a tree branch in the forest



2. washing line in forest

This boy had a lot of fun kicking these things hung up in the outdoor area of his nursery: