My husband is extremely musical and it’s very important to me and him to have our daughter be musical as well. In our family, we have a rule that she must play the piano until she is good enough to accompany others and she also must choose one other instrument to play.
While she’s still a few years away from beginning piano lessons, we wanted to instill a love of music in her with an instrument she could play. That’s where my crafty side came in. Rather than spend money on cheaply made and poor-sounding musical instruments, I decided to make a basic drum for my daughter – and she loves it!
Making a drum is really simple. Take an empty oats container and glue construction paper around the cylinder. This is a great activity for your preschooler to get involved with because you can talk about circles and cylinders and how they are similar yet different. Once the paper is fastened, allow your preschooler to color, giving them ownership of the instrument.
As for drumsticks, you could use the real deal, but popsicle sticks are so much easier. I bought a pre-colored variety, but you can have your preschooler color the sticks as well. And that’s it!