It’s almost Dr. Seuss’s birthday, so we have been reading some of our favorite Dr. Seuss books. Although Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb was actually written by Al Perkins, we associate it with Dr. Seuss. This book has been a favorite of both of my girls since they were babies. Its rhythm just makes your toes start to tap, and we have always played along as the monkeys drum and monkeys hum.
I thought I would share some of our favorite DIY Drum ideas to help you hum and drum along, too.
While it’s fun to make something together, it can also be just as exciting to drum on what you’ve already got…think the floor, the table, pots and pans, your legs. Your little ones might love exploring the different sounds you can make as you test out different surfaces throughout your house.
Once your done with those explorations you might enjoy some of these ideas.
By far the easiest drum we’ve made is one that we did at our local story time. Simply staple two paper bowls together, and you’re done! You can add beans or something inside if you want to test out different sounds, but my kids loved them with just the bowls. We also spent some time decorating and personalizing our bowl drums.
In the past we have also made these tin can drums using balloons and rubber bands.
Red Ted Art made terrific drums out of formula tins or old paint cans.
I love how these oatmeal canister drums are made with a strap for a marching band style drum.
These duct tape drums are a little more elaborate than the others, but they seem like they would hold up to a lot of drum practice.
Add in a little literacy, too!
When I can I try to incorporate as much learning into activities as possible. I absolutely love the idea of using drums to practice syllables. Check out the full post for a book to read, a drum to make, and ideas for learning about syllables.
Whatever you find or make to drum on, we hope you have fun!
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