Do you have a young drummer in the house?
You’ll love this simple but awesome drum craft! It’s based on the idea of bucket drumming – taking an unexpected item like a paint bucket and turning it into a drum. But instead of buckets, this craft reuses coffee cans and here’s what it looks and sounds like.
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle a Coffee Can
The design we’ve created is based on kente cloth, and each color is symbolic of a trait like beauty and strength.
Two Beaters, Two Heads or Use Your Hands
Try tapping the drum with both sides of the unsharpened pencil. Each will create a different sound. Notice that most coffee cans have a metal side and a plastic one as well. Both sides will also offer a different tone when played. Need more ideas for beaters? Check out our MYO drum beater post below.
A great way to develop motor skills is learning to create a drum roll. Try this by tapping – slowly at first, but consistently – left stick, right stick, etc. Start slowly and build your speed for an impressive sounding drum roll!
Bang on the Drum All Day
Here are some playing tips and suggestions:
Tap with your hand
Play free form to your favorite music
Tap to the beat of your favorite music
Make several drums and play them together
Make a DIY bongo drum set and try hand drumming (activity pdf below).
Find other objects to add to a drum kit
Pots and Pans?
The classic image of a child at play with drums is one of playing pots and pans. I like to caution parents here that the sound from striking a metal pot with a wooden spoon can be potentially damaging to a child’s hearing – or a parent’s sanity.
Instead of a wooden spoon and metal pots and pans, try cardboard boxes, plastic bowls or containers. If you have a washboard, break that out, too and play if with spoons, a whisk or a wooden spoon.
And – by all means…rock on!
Links and Resources
Kente Drum Coloring Page https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Kente-Cloth-For-A-Drum-Craft-Coloring-Page-4248662
Kente Drum Activity on TPT https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Kente-Cloth-African-Drum-Craft-3525491
What Do The Colors in Kente Cloth Mean? https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Kente-Cloth-What-Do-The-Colors-Mean-4250185