Percussion Activities – Babies through Preschool


Percussion Activities – Babies through Preschool

Find the full activity guide here: Time to Drum!


Pom Pom Drum Painting

This is a fun activity to involve your littlest ones in both music and art-making at the same time! This tutorial makes drum sticks out of pom-poms and wooden dowels, but you can make them with whatever you have around the house, like:

  • Spoons
  • Small tree branches with tape wrapped around the end
  • Popsicle sticks

Get out some paint, paper, and turn on your favorite music and let your little one drum away.


Percussion Water Play

This activity is great for outdoor music play when the weather is warm! If it’s chilly where you are, you can also bring it inside into the bathtub.

Musical science pool for kids from And Next Comes L

It’s simple:

  1. Gather some kitchen tools or other water-safe items that can be used as drums, drumsticks, or shakers.
  2. Fill up a pool, bucket, or water table with water.
  3. Let your kid(s) have fun pouring, shaking, and banging away with their water percussion instruments

Going Further:

Compare the different sounds that can be made:

  • How does the sound change if the bowl has more or less water in it?
  • Does a whisk hitting the bowl sound the same as the metal spoon hitting the bowl?

Find the full activity guide here: Time to Drum!