Looking for a rockin' musical craft to add to your collection? This homemade snare drum made with everyday household items gets its authentic rattle sound from paper clips and tin. With a few easy construction steps, you child will be on his way to developing his rhythmic skills and listening skills. Get ready to rat-ta-tat-tat!
What You Do:
- Remove the lid from the empty cookie tin and have your child decorate the outer surface with paint or stickers.
- Have your child place the tin on a sheet of cardboard and trace the circle. Leaving about 1/4 inch of space outside this circle, cut out the circle so it's slightly larger than the tin.
- Have your child turn the tin upside down and spread paper clips evenly on the recessed base of the tin.
- Place the cardboard circle over the paper clips. It should be slightly raised above the paper clips.and tape it to the sides of the tin with heavy-duty tape.
- Now your little musician can use unsharpened pencils or chopsticks to tap to his content!
Use this drum along with other homemade instruments to strike up a family band!
Tania K. Cowling is a former early childhood teacher and author of teacher resource books. Her Together Time crafts have been featured in print magazines and on the Internet.