Music Machines

Ages 5-8

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Build a beat (and a bunch of groovy music machines) with this crate, all while exploring the science of music! Transform your Kiwi Crate box into a one-string guitar, then play around with pitch. Engineer a mechanical drum set that comes to life with the simple turn of a crank, then customize it to experiment with all sorts of different rhythms. Ready to rock?

Everything needed, from materials to illustrated directions, is included, along with explore!, a bonus play & learn magazine with extra projects and activities!


  • Turn your Kiwi Crate box into a one-string guitar
  • then play around with pitch
  • Build a drum set that makes music when you turn a crank
  • Jam on your beatbox machine and experiment with rhythms


  • Science of Sound
  • Musical Instruments
  • Playing Music

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    Fredrick, Jun 17, 2019

    Continued play

    Making the instruments themselves was fun, and then experimenting with different sounds and beats challenged my son to think outside the box. Being able to experiment and change the beats or sounds allowed for hours of play after making it!

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    Megan, Mar 22, 2019

    Innovative thinking

    I thought making your own guitar out of the Kiwi box was brilliant; it taught my daughter that musical instruments can come in many different forms. It was also super awesome to teach the idea that the length of the rubber band changes the pitch of the sound.

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    Debbie, Jan 16, 2019

    Great concept

    This was a great way to learn about how music is created for my child. It was an involved process, but the steps were clear and concise so it was easy to make. My nephew has a real drum set and loved being able to make a mini one all by himself!

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