Toddlers love to make noise, so start a ruckus. Besides banging on pots and pans, your child can use these easy homemade instruments:
Shakers: Collect cans with plastic lids -- such as potato-chip cans or coffee cans. Fill them with rice or dry beans. Fasten the lids securely with tape, and help your toddler decorate the outside. Then let her shake, shake, shake.
Drums: Remove the covers of several clean, empty cans, and cover the edges with duct tape. Then tape several cans together in a circle and let your toddler drum away. Compare the sounds of the cans.
Music sharpens your toddler's listening skills and helps her discriminate between types of sounds, such as loud and soft.