November is Native American Heritage month and it’s a great time to step right up and play a big drum!
Whether it’s a pow-wow drum, a pueblo drum (as seen here) or another drum you have, you’ll need a special stick to play that drum. And here’s how you can make an easy version, perfect for small hands with big hearts!
Pencil Mini-Drum Beaters -Materials Needed
One pencil per child
Colorful electrical or washi tape
Pipe cleaners (optional)
Start with colorful (unsharpened) pencils. Wrap the pencil side with the electrical or washi tape and add feathers with pipe cleaners if desired.
These smaller beaters are the perfect size for young children to hold and will make it easier for them to tap or play a drum.
Playing Any Drum
Use your drum beater to play a frameless pow-wow drum (instructions below) or tap out a beat on any drum you might have around the classroom or house.
Don’t have a drum handy? No problem, I suggest you find a round container, like a sturdy laundry hamper or large plastic container and improvise a drum. Overturned pots and pans will work as well, but can be really loud and possibly have an adverse effect on young children’s hearing.
Playing A Pow-Wow Drum
To play a Native American pow-wow drum, each drummer will need one beater. The goal is to play in unison, with everyone’s beater hitting the drum head at the same time. This can be a wonderful way to teach cooperation and listening skills as the sound of the drum is amazing and powerful when everyone strikes together!
Want to hear a real pow-wow drum and a pow-wow drum song. Check out the Starfeather Group who you can hear in the links below.
Can you play along to those powerful songs?
Links and Resources
Hear a Pow-wow Drum http://www.dariamusic.com/drum.php
Make a (Frameless) Pow-Wow Drum http://www.dariamusic.com/make_Drum.php
Color a Pow-wow Drum – Printable and Online http://www.dariamusic.com/drum.php
You are welcome At A Native American Pow-Wow (Post on Pow-Wow Etiquette) http://multiculturalkidblogs.com/2014/11/02/native-american-pow-wow/
Make A Native American Turtle Rattle From Recycled Materials https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Native-American-Turtle-Shell-Rattle-Craft-Using-Recycled-Materials-600715