Magical Key Wind Chimes

Recently we came across several old redundant keys which had been hidden away in various drawers. I hadn't the heart to throw them away, so we decided to create a musical hanging with them for the garden.


Minnie threaded each key onto a long length of garden string & secured the ends together. We made sure each loop of string was roughly the same length so the keys would be able to chime together.




We hung the keys in our Butterfly Garden where Minnie found an old ivy branch which was an ideal length for all the keys to slide along, & just the right height for her to reach.


She loved sweeping her hand through the keys & listening to the dainty sound as they mingled together.
Here are our wind chimes in action...


Not only did these old keys produce a gentle musical sound as they danced together in the breeze, they also encouraged creativity & imagination. We began to think about who the keys may have belonged to, & the things they may have opened, e.g. I wonder if this could be the key to the Three Bears House, or Little Red Riding Hood's house, or perhaps it opens a pirate's treasure chest. Maybe it's a key to a castle, or a secret garden, or perhaps someone is searching for it & it's magic!

As we pondered & wondered where the keys had come from Minnie was able to recall familiar fairy tales, & creatively explore new scenarios & situations. She is still wondering where all the keys came from, & I love the fact that she's still exploring all possibilities! :-)


These wind chimes could help encourage; hand-eye co-ordination, manipulation of small objects, threading (the holes in keys are generally large so are great for encouraging threading with little ones), exploration of sound & pitch, weather & its effects, recycling, care for the environment, imagination, & story telling.


18 comments:

  1. Love this idea! Wonder if we can find some old keys...

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  2. were we separated at birth?! haha, seriously, i can just imagine myself saying those same things about who the magical keys could belong to! fabulous and imaginative idea :-)

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  3. What a lovely idea, so wish we had a garden. And now also wish I had lots of old keys too! :)

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  4. What a lovely idea and something so beautiful for the garden. Going to have a dig out of old keys now!

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  5. Pinning this..I really want my garden to look pretty this year so plan to remember this idea!

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  6. Brilliant idea and so imaginative thinking who could the keys belong too.

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  7. You have some very interesting keys. Where do you find keys like that?

    Playtime hop
    Veronica @ http://watchmeplaynlearn.blogspot.com/2012/01/sensory-beads.html

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  8. Ohhh, I love this idea and who doesnt have a stack of keys lying around that who knows what they belong too. It just looks so pretty!

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  9. Lovely idea Catherine & what a beautiful sound - mmmm wondering if a friendly keycutter might 'give' me some old keys! Thanks so much for linking up this week. Kierna

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  10. Love this! Thanks so much for linking it up to the Outdoor Play Party - have already pinned it. x

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  11. This is wonderful! I have seen your photos all over Pinterest but hadn't clicked through to read the story behind them yet. LOVE THIS! And you are so right about all the different lessons and skills that can be taught/learned with an activity like this.
    Thanks so much for joining the outdoor play party.

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  12. Oh my. How beautiful! This is the sort of thing that childhood memories are made of. How truely wonderful and special and magical. Can we come and play with your keys? I want to hear the stories and music!

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy

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  13. Love this! I'm going to be writing a blog post on outdoor music stations for early childhood settings. May I include some of your photos in my post, please? Naturally I will credit you and provide links to your blog in the article. The article will be appearing at http://childsplaymusic.com.au/blog/

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  14. Alec - that sounds fantastic, you're more than welcome to use photos from the post. Looking forward to reading your article, Catherine

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  15. What a great use for all the keys I have.I have a cup with over 20 keys in which i have no idea where they all from, some of them look like they must be at least 20 years old now.

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  16. Love this. Sharing this on my page so others can view it, as well.

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  17. Pinning this! I have a couple of old key chains, filled with keys! They'll make a lovely wind-chime for the tree by our playhouse!

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