Music Rainbow Xylophone and Music Craft

Have a couple of drink containers or recycled plastic bottles in the recycle bin> Here is one easy way to use plastic water bottles to make a color xylophone with the kids. 

Make a music heart bookmark craft and enjoy a great book along with a Share a Coke and a Song!

Music Bookmark Craft

Music note bookmark craft


Music note bookmark craft

You’ll need just a few materials to make this music bookmark craft:
One sheet of music (We have several books found at a yard sale.  We used one sheet for this craft.)
Red card stock, cut into heart shapes

Music note bookmark craft

To make the music bookmarks:
Cut the sheet music along the space between each staff.  You’ll end up with several strips of music notes.  Cut the red card stock into heart shapes.  Glue the hearts to one end of the music strips.  As easy as that, your music bookmarks are done!

Music note bookmark craft
Kids love this rainbow water xylophone using recycled bottles to make music.

Water Xylophone

If you follow this blog, then you know that we love to use recycled materials in play and crafts. After our bottles of Coca-Cola were empty, we decided to make our own songs with a DIY water xylophone!

To make a water xylophone using recycled plastic bottles:
This was SUCH a huge hit with my kids.  We filled the plastic bottles with varying amounts of water. We used all six bottles from the six pack of plastic Coke bottles and added liquid food coloring to the bottles.  Each bottle held a different color of the rainbow to make a rainbow water xylophone.

Kids love this rainbow water xylophone using recycled bottles to make music.

I showed my kids how to blow across the top of the opening of the bottles to make a musical sound.  It was fun to see my kids’ expressions as they realized they could make a sound on the opening of the bottles.  Even better was watching them make a little tune with the xylophone!  This is one activity that they will remember for a long time to come.  

This is a great activity for addressing oral sensory needs.  Check out some of our favorite ways to provide sensory input through oral motor exercises for sensory calming sensory input here and here.

Kids love this rainbow water xylophone using recycled bottles to make music.

A water xylophone would be the perfect addition to a summer bucket list!  Take this idea outside to create memories with your kids!  Just like music invokes memories, making music with this water xylophone will be the hit of the summer break.

Kids love this rainbow water xylophone using recycled bottles to make music.

Sensory Summer Camp at Home

Summer camp is an exciting experience for most kids.  It’s a time of learning, fun, and new adventures over the lazy days of summer.  Summer camp in the traditional sense is a time of themed activities that build character for a child.  

However, it’s not always possible to sign up for a week of summer camp. Summer camp is expensive.  Parents work or have busy schedules that make a week-long summer camp just not feasible.  A backyard DIY summer camp experience is a way to save money while creating a summer learning experiences right in the backyard. 

I’m joining several other bloggers who write about sensory processing in a Sensory Summer Camp at Home backyard summer camp experience.  

Scroll through the links below to find enough sensory summer camp themes and ideas to last all summer long.  You’ll find themed activities touching on all of the sensory systems to create an environment of learning through the senses.

These sensory summer camp experiences are perfect for the child who craves or resists sensory input and can be modified to meet the needs of every child with sensory processing disorder.  While these sensory summer camp ideas are perfect for kids with sensory processing disorder, they can easily be used in traditional summer camps.  So, take a look at each of the camp themes below and get ready for a summer of sensory fun and memories!

Looking for activities and ideas to use in summer programming? You’ll love our new Summer Occupational Therapy Activities Packet. It’s a collection of 14 items that guide summer programming at home, at school, and in therapy sessions. The summer activities bundle covers handwriting, visual perceptual skills and visual motor skills, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, regulation, and more.

You’ll find ideas to use in virtual therapy sessions and to send home as home activities that build skills and power development with a fun, summer theme. Kids will love the Summer Spot It! game, the puzzles, handouts, and movement activities. Therapists will love the teletherapy slide deck and the easy, ready-to-go activities to slot into OT sessions. The packet is only $10.00 and can be used over and over again for every student/client!

Grab the Spring Occupational Therapy Activities Packet HERE.

summer occupational therapy activities for kids

n the Summer OT packet, you’ll find:

  • Beach Fun Google Slide Deck/PDF set
  • Summer Spot It! Printable Game
  • Hole Punch Cards for matching upper case and lower case letters
  • 7 Roll and Write Play Dough Sheets – Apples, Bees, Bugs, Buttons, Donuts, Play Dough, and Unicorn themes
  • Summer Fun Pencil Control Strips
  • Summer Lists Writing Prompts
  • Summer Number Practice
  • Summer Visual Perception Pages

All of the Summer OT activities include ideas to promote various developmental areas with a Summer-theme. Activities guide and challenge development of handwriting, eye-hand coordination, bilateral coordination, body scheme, oculomotor control, visual perception, fine motor skills, self-regulation, gross motor skills, and more.

Use these activities as warm-ups to your therapy sessions, or add them to the homework page below to create a home program.

Sensory Summer camp at home ideas for kids with sensory processing needs

Sensory Summer Camp at Home Themes

These links will be added when the posts go live tomorrow!

Sensory Handwriting Camp | The OT Toolbox

Sensory Space Camp | My Mundane and Miraculous Life

Sensory Olympic Games Camp | Growing Hands on Kids

Sensory Nature Camp | Putting Socks on Chickens

Sensory Summer camp at home ideas for kids with sensory processing needs

MORE Summer camp at home themes you will love: 
Outer Space Summer Camp at Home Ideas

Circus Summer Camp At Home Ideas