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Drum Craft 101: How to see sound and make your own drum today

Are you looking for a fun and creative activity to do with your kids? Look no further than making a drum craft! This easy DIY Drum project is perfect for any parent or teacher who wants to get their children involved in music-making and crafty activities. With just a few simple supplies like a bowl, rice, spoon, metal pan, and cling film, you can make your own drum that will have your kids jamming and grooving along in no time. Even better, you can learn how to see sound with this incredibly simple drum craft idea as well.

In this image, someone is demonstrating how to make a drum by using a metal pot, cling film, and rice to create sound waves.

This is another in our series of posts from The Sound Collector, a lovely series on ITV, all about a wonderful character who goes around collecting the sounds that they love which we take for granted all around us. The Sound Collector is deaf, and wears ear defenders as well as working with his friend Mole to do his collecting. Do check out the other activities on the site, including how to make maracas and our kazoo craft too.

What do you need for your drum craft?

As a result, to make sure these really are instructions on how to make a simple drum, we have only included items that you should be able to find easily within the house:

  • Large bowl,
  • Cling film,
  • 1 tsp uncooked rice,
  • Metal pan, and
  • Metal spoon.

How to see sound with your drum craft

In this image, a person is learning how to make a drum using a bowl, cling film, rice, a metal pan, and a metal spoon.

This is a lovely way of “seeing sound” for kids, and it really simple to do as well:

  • Tear off some cling film that the right size for covering the top of the bowl you have,
  • Fix this to the top of the bowl, making sure it is really tight,
  • Poor 1tsp of the un-cooked rice you have gathered over the top of the cling film,
  • Hold the metal pan in the air just above the bowl,
  • Take the metal spoon you have, and bang on the pan like a drum and watch what happens to the rice!

Guess what: you can see sound!

Now you not only know how to make a simple drum, but you have also learn exactly how to see sound too. Not bad for a 10 minute craft idea?

All in all, we love this simple drum idea. It combines musical fun with a bit of STEM too. All it take s to add the science is the rice, bowl and cling film. All of this is, we hope, readily available in your home, or classroom.

To download this printable, just click on the button or the image below, and the full A4 sheet will be yours:

A metal spoon is bonged on a metal pan, causing the particles of the pan to vibrate and transfer sound waves to the cling film, which disturbs the particles of the cling film and causes the rice grains to move.

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If you would like to check out some of the other musical content that we have on the site, why not take a look at The Sound Collector and other musical posts that we have on the site? We think that you will love some of these:

Other musical crafts and articles on the KiddyCharts site

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How about some of these other drum ideas off site as well for you to have a go out, once you have managed to see your sound and make your simple drum?

Other drum ideas from the internet

Here are some other drum related craft ideas for the kids to try out - why not explore them as see which ones complement our idea?

We hope that you have found this drum craft to be interesting. Do come back to the site again soon. Thanks as always for visiting us, and see you again.

This image is encouraging people to craft their own drum by providing tips and questions to ask when making it.

Helen is a mum to two, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parenting magazine! Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 51%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

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