Drums and Tambourines

How to make percussion instruments with your child.

Strike Up the Band!, p.1

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Percussion instruments are perfect for introducing your child to music, according to Sara Wilford, director of the Early Childhood Center at Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, NY. "They're easy to play, so even young kids can learn about rhythm and sound," she says. Boost your child's musical skills by having him tap out his favorite tunes or play along with recorded music.

Materials You'll Need:
Two 8 1/2-oz. or 12-oz. nut canisters with lids; Dried beans; 9" x 12" sheets of felt in assorted colors; Pencil; Ruler; Paper; Straight pins or safety pins; Child-safe scissors and pinking shears; Glue; 12 large buttons; Needle and thread; String (2 mm thick); Six small round bells (available at craft stores); Cork; Pair of chopsticks; Poster paint; Foam brush; Screwdriver.Because of the small materials involved, parents should always supervise their child's craft projects. This project is not recommended for ages 3 and under.

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