Box violins are a fun way to get beginners started. This one is a paint stick and a macaroni & cheese box. We covered it with her favorite princess and clear contact paper. She has a wedge shoulder rest and a rhythm stick for the bow. We like the ribbed stick because it makes a good sound when she plays rather than no sound at all. This was the first time she ever picked the violin up, this is a good "before" shot. After this picture was taken we added stickers to the right of Aurora's head to remind her where her left hand fingers go and we added another rubber band to the body to create a bowing lane.
This was a week ago. She's been practicing bow hold, posture, and rhythm everyday and is having a lot of fun. She likes to play "mississippi hot dog", and "tinkerbell is very tiny" the best.