Child Friendly Musical Garden

4 materials
2 Hours

We have a bit of yard space that we call the Fairy Forest created for children to use their imagination in. It has, of course, fairies, gnomes and their homes but we decided to include some musical fun as well. This is the first thing we added other then some windchimes and bells. Do you have a musical garden?

It consists of 3 materials and 2 tools and if you happen to already have the wood it will cost less. And really it's not that loud so isn't bothersome for neighbors.

child friendly musical garden, Cut wood attach brackets
Cut wood & attach brackets

Once you determine where your music instrument is going cut your treated wood to the correct length. We used leftover deck planks and attached the 2 pieces of wood to two small trees so we didn't need to install it permanently in the ground. Alternately you could attach it to a frame for indoor / outdoor play.

Then loosely attach 8 metal brackets to each piece of wood spaced slightly apart from each other on the two boards.

child friendly musical garden, Cut label pipes
Cut & label pipes

Cut your two 10ft PVC pipes. The tallest will be 35" and the shortest will be 21" with each one 2 inches different. You can see in this photo we marked the length of each inside the pipe- 35, 33, 31, 29, 27, 25, 23, 21 inches in length.

We measured the top of one board to the bottom of the other board and secured them 14" apart. Adjust as needed but remember your shortest pipe is 21" and your longest is 35".

child friendly musical garden, Slide pipes into brackets
Slide pipes into brackets

Slide each PVC pipe into the 2 brackets so that each extends about 4 inches from the top wood.

child friendly musical garden, Tighten each pipe bracket
Tighten each pipe bracket

Have someone measure the top height and hold each pipe while another person tightens the brackets.

One end will have the shortest pipe while the other end will have the longest. Make sure the longest one does not touch the ground.

child friendly musical garden, Finish installing the pipes
Finish installing the pipes

You're almost there! This is such an easy and fun project and great anticipation for even the adults!

child friendly musical garden, Enjoy

Using a flip flop or other narrow piece of foam rubber to hit the top of each pipe and hear the different notes!

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