Spin Drum

Kids always welcome making noise; I think it's part of what makes them kids. So why not offer kids a new way to make noise? My kids loved drumming to their own beat using this simple-to-make spin drum.

  1. Ages: 3 - 8

  2. 30 minutes - 1 hour

  3. A little messy

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Gather up your supplies. We used a small round papier-mache box for the base of our drum. The with of the wooden dowel's end should be no larger than the width of the hole punch. We also used large wooden beads (but any bead should be fine).

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Start by punching three holes in the bottom "base" part of your box. Punch a hole at 3 o'clock, 6 o'clock, and 9 o'clock (as pictured here). If your kids have strong hands, they can easily do this themselves. My kids 9ages 5 and 3), had a bit off difficulty, so I helped them with this step.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    Put the wooden dowel in the bottom hole and feed the string through the side holes, tying the string around the dowel in the center.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    Glue the dowel in place at the top. We added a glob of glue and then let it dry before we moved on.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    The kids each decorated their drum base and lid with some markers.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Step 6

    Next we glued the lid on the box, and tied a bead on both strings. You want the string to be long enough that the bead hits about the center of the box. You may need a double knot to keep the bead on.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

  • Done!

    Then they are ready to be spun and enjoyed! In no time, my kids were off marching to the beat of their own drums, singing songs, and organizing a two-person parade. So fun!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 7

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