Instruments for Kids


Instruments for Kids

Group to discuss the building and creation of instruments specifically designed for children

Members: 38
Latest Activity: Jul 29, 2016

Discussion Forum

8 year old workshop ideas

Started by Jon Pruett. Last reply by Jon Pruett Sep 5, 2010. 7 Replies

My daughter's music teacher has invited me to run a workshop with him next year to help the second grade class build and play some instruments. So that gives me the summer to figure out a plan and…Continue

Comment Wall


You need to be a member of Instruments for Kids to add comments!

Comment by Ukulele Ray on September 27, 2015 at 6:40pm

Introducing myself to this group with a photo of my grandson, Hendrix, with my Spongebob Lunchbox-A-Lele creation. UKE-it UP!

Comment by Calim on November 1, 2012 at 7:24pm

Thank you very much ! i will build others with different colors, false reso or not etc. The guit also smells good as i used chocolate for cleaning and polishing the  metal parts ! (a tip i saw somewhere; can't remenber.. don't know if it really works but well, then it smells good^^)

Comment by Diane in Chicago on October 30, 2012 at 9:21pm

I think the metal parts are fine!  I'd give that to a 5yo, no problem!  Very nice looking, and those are lucky kids!

Comment by Calim on October 30, 2012 at 7:57pm

finished prototype:

Some points are disturbing me; May be too fragile, and i'm a sceptical about the metal pieces... not really dangerous, but as it is a toy imititation of cbg,  i guess it could be not really adapt for early kids...i guess i should remove the false resonator and try to find plastic pieces instead of these,,  any suggestions or advices?

for the frets i use toohpicks cut in two pieces, glued into grooves in the neck and with wood filler, works and stay on very well !

Comment by Calim on September 7, 2012 at 6:48pm

i just start building toy guits for neighborhood kids, with tiny cheap cardboard boxes i reinforce with wood ,

will be painted and decorated, still don't kown if it will be one stringed or three and what i will use for tailpiece ( i want something cheap but not as "agressive" as screw or hinge..)

what i want is to do something between the wooden toy and the "real" cbg; for young children could just have some fun at first; but can also start develop music playing arwarness if they wish to go into it







Comment by Jonathan Hartwell on April 5, 2012 at 11:19pm

Hello everyone, my name is jonathan. I'm from WV and just looking for some new unique ideas for building something for my sons 3rd b-day in june.

Comment by Dan F on March 27, 2012 at 7:59pm

For my next CBG for a kid I'll use a school box like this from Amazon--This box is manufactured by General Box Company, Waycross, Georgia, USA, and they sell this and some other school boxes on Amazon.  I think it is lighter weight (thinner cardboard) than what the cigar companies use.

Comment by Calim on March 26, 2012 at 6:57pm

box guitars i made with and for my little brother and sister:

Comment by PapaSimone on March 10, 2012 at 9:43pm

Hey Righteous,

Thanks for the kind words on the beatles uke.  Everything is from scratch except the tuners, fret wire and lunch box.

I'd love to regale you with a story of how I pick up the lunch box while dining with Wavy Gravy and Woodstock but alas, I just found it in the Amazon.

Comment by Righteous Knockside on March 9, 2012 at 11:51pm

Bit of a Rookie here. It's for the little kid with that fantastic Yellow Sub errrr Uke or sump'n. Correct me if I'm wrong.

That is just soooo cool! What a lucky little Rock God he's gonna be !

Did you buy the Yellow Submarine (if so, where? I want one, I want one, I want one!!!!) Did you do it that way & then go onto Mod it?

Or was it built from scratch? In which case, do you have any plans? I'm a long time Fabs fan, especially of this era...    Oh OK ! .... I'll say it....I'm an old hippy ! Saw some amazing (totally off-topic art today, neon & bright coloured lights  & 'Fairground lettering which I have always simply loved. Same kinda style as John's Psychedelic Rolls Royce.

I'll send you some pics if you wish, really stunning!


Members (38)


The Essential Pages

New to Cigar Box Nation? How to Play Cigar Box GuitarsFree Plans & How to Build Cigar Box GuitarsCigar Box Guitar Building BasicsCigar Box Guitar Parts Store

Site Sponsor

Recommended Links & Resources

Discussion Forum

8 year old workshop ideas

Started by Jon Pruett. Last reply by Jon Pruett Sep 5, 2010. 7 Replies

Blog Posts

Tab for Ry Cooder

Posted by Keith Gibson on September 30, 2019 at 12:44pm 2 Comments

Ducktail Run in James Dean Country

Posted by Rick Tish on September 29, 2019 at 9:57pm 1 Comment

Tiki mask guitar

Posted by Phil Stickings on September 27, 2019 at 12:39pm 5 Comments

Festival in the land that time forgot

Posted by Rick Tish on September 23, 2019 at 10:09am 2 Comments

Latest Activity

BrianQ. commented on the anonymous pick's photo

swamp witch guitar backroads bd 1

"My dad talked about keeping those license plates in a cigar box along with his baseball cards?"
27 minutes ago
BrianQ. commented on the anonymous pick's photo

swamp witch guitar backroads bd 3

"That grain pattern is awesome!"
30 minutes ago
BrianQ. liked the anonymous pick's photo
31 minutes ago
BrianQ. liked the anonymous pick's photo
31 minutes ago
BrianQ. liked the anonymous pick's photo
32 minutes ago
BrianQ. commented on the anonymous pick's photo
32 minutes ago
James Pobog replied to James Pobog's discussion String recommendations for 2x4 bass please.
"I do get tunnel vision..."
46 minutes ago
Downtown Vinnie commented on Andries D. EKER's video

heart of stone A. D. Eker 2019

"Excessively diggable.Very hypnotizing ,ethereal cereal,jumpin like a frog...eeeeeeeeeee…"
47 minutes ago
Keith Rearick liked Taffy Evans's video
48 minutes ago
Uncle John commented on Kevin M. Kraft's video

Book Trailer for DOBORO THE BOTTLENECKER, 2ND Edition

"I got to see it.  Good stuff.  Very cool! Yeah, since Denzel turned down the offered…"
48 minutes ago
Keith Rearick liked Andries D. EKER's video
1 hour ago
Keith Rearick liked Downtown Vinnie's video
1 hour ago



© 2019   Created by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

\uastyle>\ud/** Scrollup **/\ud.scrollup {\ud background: url("") no-repeat scroll 0 0 transparent;\ud bottom: 25px;\ud display: inline !important;\ud height: 40px;\ud opacity: 0.3 !important;\ud position: fixed;\ud right: 30px;\ud text-indent: -9999px;\ud width: 40px;\ud z-index: 999;\ud}\ud.scrollup:hover {\ud opacity:0.99!important;\ud}\ud \uascript type="text/javascript">\ud x$(document).ready(function(){\ud x$(window).scroll(function(){\ud if (x$(this).scrollTop() > 100) {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeIn();\ud } else {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeOut();\ud }\ud });\ud x$('.scrollup').click(function(){\ud x$("html, body").animate({ scrollTop: 0 }, 600);\ud return false;\ud });\ud });\ud \ua!-- End Scroll Up -->