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Who knew that some colorful balloons and empty containers could make such a fun and crazy instrument? Thanks goes out to KidsActivityBlog for this idea, though I have modified it to fit with the items we have here at our house:
Small Containers - a sturdy mason jar works really well, if your kids won't be throwing it around. You can also use cans, as pictured, but avoid sharp edges that can cut little fingers!
Balloons - if you're container has a wide opening (like a small oatmeal canister), you'll want to use big balloons. The mason jar I used handled the regular-sized balloons well.
Scissors - if you want to double layer your balloons (as shown), you can place a solid balloon below and cut holes in a second balloon to stretch over top.
Packing Tape (optional) - For cans or oatmeal canisters, you'll probably need packing tape to keep the balloons in place. My mason jar drum didn't need tape - the ridges on the mouth held the balloon in place very well!
Let's get to work: Use your scissors to cut the neck of the balloon off. Stretch this first balloon across the mouth of your container and tape in place (if needed). If you're adding a second balloon, cut the neck off and cut several small holes in the top of the balloon. Stretch the second balloon over the first balloon and tape in place (if needed).
You're ready to make some music! Drum along with the beat as you listen to your favorite song. Make up some rhythms of your own!
An idea to try: Take several mason jars and fill them with water. Create your drums. Do the drums have different pitches? Can you "play" a song on your new drum set?
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