Have you ever played a kazoo? You know that fun little musical instrument that you hum into. 2012 marks the 162nd year of kazoo playing in the United States. January 28th is the official National Kazoo Day, but many people celebrate the entire week with fun humming.
The kazoo is a simple instrument that children can make and play. Take an empty cardboard toilet paper tube and invite the children to decorate it as they wish. Ideas include covering the tube with scrapbook or construction paper, paint it with poster paints or just draw designs on it with crayons or markers. Colorful adhesive stickers are a plus. Look for your neighborhood Michaels craft store to find plenty of art materials for this craft. There are many in Broward County to choose from.
Cover the one end with a square of waxed paper and secure it with a rubber band. Make a tiny hole under the rubber band. You are now ready to play the kazoo. Show the kids how to hum into the open end and the vibrations made will make a humming sound from the paper end. The video on this page will review the construction process.
Next, go to your nearest library in Broward County and look for The Complete How to Kazoo book by Barbara Stewart. She first started playing this instrument at the age of 3 and took this skill to performances on “The Tonight Show” and shows with George Carlin and Frank Zappa. The Smithsonian has her performance kazoo in their music collection for all to see.
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