12 Days of Multicultural Musical Activities (Part One)

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As a wrap-up for 2013, we asked the talented children’s musician and performer DARIA to share some post-holiday activities that families can do together.  Here are 12 different ways you can make the holidays bright by exploring diversity and making music.

Although you can find the day by day list on DARIA’s monthly song page, here are some of the highlights of the first six days.

DANCING BELLS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Who doesn’t love the sound of jingle bells?  Whether it’s simple crafted bracelets or anklets or more elegant Indian style ghungroo ankle bells, this musical craft makes any day more merry.  Find instructions on these as well as how to make a kids’ version of morris bells, at the links below.

Jingle Bells

Indian Style Ankle Bells

Easy Morris Dancing Bells

CONNECT WITH LATIN AMERICAN SONGS AND INSTRUMENTS

Learn a simple song like Feliz Navidad or dig deeper into the customs of Puerto Rico or beautiful Villancicos — Christmas carols — from Latin America.  And play along on your own homemade instruments such as set of maracas or make your own guiro at home to play along.

Feliz Navidad and Puerto Rican Christmas Traditions

Spanish Language Christmas Carols – Villancicos de Navidad

Make Some Homemade Maracas

Feliz Navidad for Non-Spanish speakers

Hear, Color or Make A Guiro

BREAK OUT THE HOMEMADE HORNS FOR NEW YEARS EVE

In South Africa, you can hear what a horn that has been called “the world’s most annoying musical instrument.” A homemade version of this soccer stadium classic is easy to make and perfect for welcoming in a New Year!

Make Your Own Stadium Horn

Vuvuzelas from All Around The World

Vuvuzelas Homemade Ankle Bells Guiro And Maracas FELIZ NAVIDAD

Watch out for Part II of the remaining activities in our 12 days of multicultural musical activities!

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