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Here are some inexpensive drums you can have your children make.

Collect 2-3 round oatmeal boxes with lids.
Press the lids on tight and tape them in place.
Then wrap tape around the boxes, holding them together.
This drum is best played while sitting on the floor or a chair.

Select a coffee can with a plastic lid.
Punch two holes in opposite sides of the can near the top.
Then string a piece of ribbon through the holes. Tie ends together.
Replace the plastic lid and show your child how to hang the drum around their necks.
This drum is perfect for a marching activity.
Metal pots and pans of all shapes and sizes make wonderful drums when turned up-side down.

Stretch heavy plastic, cloth, vinyl, leather, or pieces of rubber intertubes over the top of a wooden bowl.
Hold in place with a large rubber band.
You can also substitute small glass jars, or dried, hollowed out gourds for the bowl.
Vary your child’s drumming experience by providing a variety of drumsticks, brushes, and mallets for them to experiment with. You might try:
Wooden dowels
Rubber spatulas Paint brushes
Unsharpened pencils
Lincoln logs Tooth brushes
Craft sticks Thimbles
Wire brushes  
To protect the drums and your children, you might want to wrap tape or foam around the ends of the wooden objects.

Now make your drums come alive with these fun drum activities.

Talk with your children about how tribal cultures used drum sounds to signal different events in their lives. Changes in the tempo or the beat of a drum would mean different things at different times. Drums might be used to call people together for a meeting, a feast, or a festival. Other drumbeats might be used to warn people of danger, or announce a death or a birth. Drums were also used to guide hunters to good hunting grounds.

Make up different events and let your child try making a drum signal for each event.
If events are too hard for your child, just use feelings, such as how would you express,
Being happy, sad, scared, etc.


Sit down with your child and show him how to drum different people’s names.
Example: The name Mary would have two beats, the name Alexandra would have four beats. Children can also beat out the syllables in words and phrases, such as; “peanut butter and jelly.” This would have 7 beats.

Encourage your child to use his drum while listening to music. Have him try to pick up the tempo (or beat) of the music.

Encourage your child to march around the room, pretending she is in a marching band.