Since becoming parents we have accumulated a mountain of plastic toys. Our house is dominated by bits of brightly coloured tat that our daughter Eve adores... for a month or so, but ultimately find their way under the sofa never to be seen again. So I got thinking why not make our own toys...
Our local sign makers, Artworks very kindly gave us some large cardboard tubes and I started searching online for DIY drums. First I cut the cardboard tubes into small slices and Eve and I painted them white. Next we ripped up some old wrapping paper while the paint dried (so far so good). We attempted to glue the paper to the tub but Eve decided glueing her hands was more fun. I gave the drum a final coat of PVA glue to seal it and left it to dry. Finally we stretched packing tape tightly over the drum in a criss-cross fashion (see video) and cut some drum sticks from bamboo.
You will need:
*Cardboard tube or old plastic paint bucket
*Saw or knife
*Decorations; colourful paper, ribbon, coloured tape etc.
*Bamboo, sticks or pencils (for drum sticks)
We ran this drum making project at our Compass Point Children's Centre's Dads group on the 6th of June, with a group of 20 dads with children ranging in ages from 10 weeks to 4 years.
Find out more about our group
More instruments to make with kids of all ages!
Making your own instruments is a great way to spark your child's interest in music.