DIY – Glass Harp

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Learning Framework?

  • Physical
  • Intellectual
  • Emotional
  • Social

Endorsed by


  • Physical - object control, establishing good grip, stability
  • Intellectual - organizing, improving attention/focus, discriminating pitch
  • Emotional - confidence, emotional release, independence
  • Social - team work, ability to present to a group of audience, role-play

Find out how to create musical notes by using recycled glasses.
Skill Level
Suitable for
4-5 years old
Estimated time
< 15 mins

What You Will Need

  • 8 glasses of the same height and size (or jam jars
  • coke glass bottles etc.)
  • Water
  • Spoon (wooden or metal e.g. discarded TV or radio antenna)
  • Food colouring (optional)

Step 1


Gather the materials.

Step 2


Arrange the 8 glasses/ jars/ bottles in one row.

Step 3


Pour water inside the jars in this order: start with a small amount of water, then gradually increasing the amount as you reach towards the opposite end.

Step 4


Have the spoon ready and teach the student to hit the jar with control. Hit each jar from one end to the other. Ask the students to have a freehand on the melody they want to play. Note: Play using these jars/bottles that represent whole notes (do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, do),. Can also introduce playing structured musical pieces such as a Birthday Song or Do-Re-Mi song from Sound of Music.

Ask the Kids

Do you know the sound of music? (cartoon, story book, movie)

What did you notice about the sound? Any pitch discrimination?

If you like, share what your kids answered in the comments below