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Bang on the Drums All Day! Part 2 at Kid’s Music Matters

Bang on the Drums All Day! Part 2

January 4 2009
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Now that you’ve made your own drums, let’s put them to good use with games and activities for the whole family.

Drum Games and Activities
Now that you’ve got your homemade drums, let’s put them to use! Here are six different kid-tested drum activities for the whole family.

1. Percussion Popcorn Game
One person (or a group) crouches down on the floor like popcorn kernels ready to pop. The leader plays a popcorn-popping rhythm on the drum: starting slowly with just a few popping beats. The kernels listen closely and try to jump up like popcorn on each beat. The leader can play faster and faster as the popcorn pieces jump all around. Take turns being the popcorn-rhythm maker (the leader) and popping kernels.

2. Rhythms All Around

Listen to the rhythms all around your world. Some rhythms are steady and some are free. Here are examples of some steady rhythms that can be found every day.
The windshield wipers of a car
The ticking of a clock
The clippety-clop of a horse walking

Here are some common free (or unsteady) rhythms.
Popcorn popping
Raindrops falling
Someone typing on a keyboard

What steady and free rhythms can you find together (inside or out)? Make a steady/free rhythm chart. Play the rhythms you hear on your drums together. Then, make up some of your own.

3. Secret Drum Code

There are lots of interesting facts about drums. For example, they are the oldest instruments known. Did you know that drums were used throughout the ages as a communication tool between different tribes in Africa? Different drum beats and patterns were used as signals, warnings, and messages. See if you can come up with special drumbeat patterns to communicate with each other. Make up your own secret drum code for, “Dinner is ready,” “I finished my homework,” and other ideas.

4. Let’s Go, My Team!
Four steady beats played over and over again: this is the beat used at many sporting events to cheer on the home team. Bring your drum the next time your family goes to a soccer or baseball game, and lead the crowd in a cheer: “Let’s Go Red Sox” (insert your team’s name). Get the crowd going with your homemade drums and team spirit. GO TEAM!

5. Play-Along Fun: Family Jam!
Play a steady beat as you sing along with some of your family’s favorite songs. Try “Twinkle, Twinkle,” “Five Little Monkeys,” “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” “Eency Weency Spider”… they all sound great! Then, try playing and singing along with your favorite recordings!

6. Sing-Along Fun: “Drum” the Clapping Parts for “B-I-N-G-O”
Your drum is a great instrument to use to fill in the “clapping” parts for game songs like “B-I-N-G-O.” Follow the instructions below and play the clapping parts on your homemade drum.

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1. Sing the song as written.
2. Repeat the song and play your drum together on the letter “B.”
3. The third time, play your drum together on the letters “B” and “I.”
4. Continue until you play your drum together on all of the letters.
5. End by singing, “And Bingo was his name-O.”

I hope these activities inspired even more music-making ideas to share with your family. For now, I will leave you with a special percussionist’s knock-knock joke, dedicated to all the “drummers in the house.”

Knock Knock. Who’s there?
Ivana. Ivana who?
Ivana Bang on the Drums All Day!

Have fun with your homemade drums!


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