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

Percussion Instrument Sort: sort percussion instruments into their correct family of shaker/scraper, sound effect, woods, metals, skins; best used with pocket chart

Percussion Instrument Sort: sort percussion instruments into their correct family of shaker/scraper, sound effect, woods, metals, skins; best used with pocket chart

Image detail for -Percussion Instruments -- though the only harp player I know personally played with my school's string ensemble, not percussion in band

Image detail for -Percussion Instruments -- though the only harp player I know personally played with my school's string ensemble, not percussion in band

African percussion instrument made with a plastic bottle

Shekere Instrument

African percussion instrument made with a plastic bottle. Could do the same thing witha gallon milk Carton for a handle and to hold on to.

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

Homemade Musical Instruments : Shakers and Maracas

Vintage traditional percussion instrument Sikh punjabi khalas chimpta Iron India

Vintage traditional percussion instrument Sikh punjabi khalas chimpta Iron India

Percussion instrument matching cards perfect for music classroom centers! Students will identify an instrument and pair it with it's name. Can be used for review, assessment, or centers.

Percussion Instrument Matching Cards

Percussion instrument matching cards perfect for music classroom centers! Students will identify an instrument and pair it with it's name. Can be used for review, assessment, or centers.

Lay a series of wrenches in the spaces between the bottom sections of a cardboard egg carton.

Lay a series of wrenches in the spaces between the bottom sections of a cardboard egg carton.

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…

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)

Take a break from those screens and go back to nature to make this lovely DIY Percussion Instrument using seed pods from the grand Gulmohar tree. via @Artsy Craftsy Mom

Making Music with Nature - DIY Percussion Instrument

Take a break from those screens and go back to nature to make this lovely DIY Percussion Instrument using seed pods from the grand Gulmohar tree. via Craftsy Mom

Classical music for toddlers at home with percussion instruments

Classical Music For Toddlers : Percussion Instruments

Instrument Family Portrait Gallery hanging in the corner of my music room. :)

Instrument Family Portrait Gallery - Bulletin Board - Posters

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