Nothing beats this Maker activity for sheer fun, total creativity, and yes, it’s true, math practice! Believe it or not, exploring different beats and rhythms is a fun way to introduce patterns, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and fractions – and what kid doesn’t love to bang and pound? Follow the instructions and mix and match the materials suggested below to create an amazing array of percussion instruments and mix and match different drum bases, skins, sticks, and (optional) fillers and explore the different sounds each combination makes.
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Download PDF: One-Kid Band Percussion kit steps
One-Kid Band Percussion Kit
- Cardboard tube (toilet paper)
- Packing tape
- Chopstick, pen, or other “drumstick”
STEP 1 – PACKING TAPE
- Stretch a piece of packing tape across one half of the top of your cardboard drum.
STEP 2 – MORE PACKING TAPE
- Stretch another piece of packing tape across the other half of the top of your cardboard drum.
STEP 3 – EVEN MORE PACKING TAPE
- Stretch a third piece of packing tape across the middle of the top of your cardboard drum so that the opening is completely covered with tape.
STEP 4 – TEST YOUR SOUND
- Use your drumstick to tap the top of your drum and make sure there are no holes in your “drum head.”
STEP 5 – A BIT MORE TAPE
- Wrap a final bit of tape around the edge of your tube to secure your drum head.
STEP 6 – MAKE MORE DRUMS
- Repeat steps 1-5 to make several more drums, set up your drum kit, grab your sticks, and bang away!
- Drum Base Materials:
- Metal coffee cans
- Plastic cups
- Drum Skins Materials:
- Packing tape
- Drum Sticks:
- Mixing spoons
- (Optional) Drum Fillers:
Brain Boosting Benefits:
- Encourages imagination and creativity
- Enhances fine motor skills
- Introduction to beats and patterns, a key early math skill
So… what’d’ya make? How did it turn out? Is there anything you’d like to do differently or other materials you might like to try? Remember, Maker is a state of mind – anything you see, you can make – your way!