Talking drums are these cool West African percussion instruments where you squeeze the strings around the middle to change the tension on the drum heads and change the pitch. Go look at this amazing video. Do it. Didn't realize a drum could sound like that, huh?I've done a lot of kids' workshops on homemade musical instruments, including rainsticks, ocarinas, and motorized panpipes, made from everyday items, and I thought I'd share this one. Making a nicer talking drum from wood or coconuts…

Make a Talking Drum Out of Funnels

Talking drums are these cool West African percussion instruments where you squeeze the strings around the middle to change the tension on the drum heads and chang.

African percussion instrument made with a plastic bottle

Shekere Instrument

Using an empty plastic bottle, your child can create a newfangled version of this African percussion instrument.

Going to build this with my oldest son.

Build a Cajon

Cajón A cajón (Spanish pronunciation: [kaˈxon], "crate," "drawer," or "box") is a kind of box drum played by slapping the front face (generally thin plywood) with the hands.

An easy way to make your own shakers and maracas and make music with the family.

Homemade Musical Instruments : Shakers and Maracas

Homemade shakers and maracas Making Percussion Instruments for Children Music, Rhythm program

Clap Sticks are the traditional percussion instrument of all Aboriginal people, providing rhythmic accompaniment for song and dance.

Clap Sticks are the traditional percussion instrument of all Aboriginal people, providing rhythmic accompaniment for song and dance.

Want to add more music to your child's day? Try this activity that teaches the difference between beat and rhythm. Use the free printables to help!

How to Teach Beat vs. Rhythm (Part 1)

from Rachel Bales:  What is a thunder tube? A thunder tube is a percussion instrument which, when played, mimics the sounds of a thunder storm. The thunder tube…

from Rachel Bales: What is a thunder tube? A thunder tube is a percussion instrument which, when played, mimics the sounds of a thunder storm. The thunder tube…

Vintage Hand Made Wood Hide VESSEL DRUM Burma Myannmar Percussion Instrument

Vintage Hand Made Wood Hide VESSEL DRUM Burma Myannmar Percussion Instrument

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