Monday, November 19, 2007

Bash the Trash

The intersection of science and the arts is a fascinating place. Over the week-end, my oldest son and I went to a performance by Bash the Trash, a group out of New York that plays instruments made out of reused materials. They teach their young audiences the three R's (reduce, reuse, recycle) while showing off their handiwork: musical instruments like a straw kazoo, a plastic bottle pan pipe, or a gong made from an old refrigerator crisper drawer. They were quick to point out that you should always have an adult inspect and clean found trash before using it. Some items, like rusty pipes or former bottles of cleaning supplies, should never be used to make musical instruments. Check out their instructions for how to turn your household trash into musical treasure!

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