Drumming On Drums
Submitted by: Susanna
Learn about different materials and the sounds they make
12 - 60 months
1 - 4 tots
- 3 Spoons of different materials (plastic, wooden, metal) (spoons are safer than other "drumsticks" a child might use)
- 7 Bowls, pots or cups of different materials (glass, ceramic, wood, plastic, paper, silicon, metal)
- Lay out your dishes (i.e. "drums") on the floor. Put some upside-down and others right-side up.
- Pick up your wooden or plastic spoon and demonstrate to your child how to hit the drums.
- Give him or her the wooden or plastic spoon.
- Continue with the metal spoon. (Since metal usually makes the loudest noise, it can easily become the child's favorite, so save it for last).
- Be sure to show your child how to hit the pots in all different spots to make different sounds.
- Show your child how to turn over the pots and bowls to create different sounds.
- Celebrate your child's exploration of the sounds by talking to him or her about what she is doing and allowing him or her to choose where to hit.
- Cognitive development » Approaches to learning » Initiative & curiosity
- Fine motor skills » Grasp
- Fine motor skills » Hand strength
- Fine motor skills » Hand eye coordination
- Sensory processing » Sound