You don’t need fancy instruments to have some music fun with your kids. A simple cardboard rattle drum works and it’s an easy craft to make with minimal materials!
In this month’s Maker’s Corner, Carson Cao, a first-grade student from Springboard International Bilingual School (SIBS), along with his art teacher Cramer Peterson showed us how fun it is to use a DIY approach towards music making.
Carson was being very creative during the crafting process and says he enjoyed the project very much. He ended up giving the drum as a gift to his best friend in his class! Gather up your materials and get into the groove with this simple but percussive project.
Thick cardboard, strings, beads, scissors, glue, stick or an unsharpened pencil, hole puncher, paint and paint brushes, cardboard squares, and packing tape.
Cut the cardboard into two same-sized circles.
Give the circles some color by painting them. Carson chose red and white, the same colors as the school badge! It is good to smoothen out the cardboard once the paint dries.
Cut a square piece of cardboard, and glue it to the middle of one of the circles (feel free to glue more squares on either side if that makes everything level).
Glue the pencil or stick it into the ridges, and glue the other circle on top. Make sure the circles line up.
Knot the beads to the string and tape the string down the middle of each circle. You are now ready to create a musical beat!
This article appeared on p36-37 of beijingkids June 2018 issue
Photos: Uni You