Drumming and tapping out the beat is often our first response when hearing a song. A catchy tune plays on the radio and our fingers start rapping on the steering wheel.
We can feel the rhythm.
It seems so natural.
And it should.
Our bodies are full of rhythms:
-breathing in and out
Rhythm is a part of who we are.
That is why drumming can be so much fun for children.
They love to tap away with rhythm sticks or pound with their hands on a drum.
Not all children can feel the beat. For these children you will need to tap the beat on their lesg or backs. They need help translating what they hear into what they feel.
Practicing rhythms at home can be very inexpensive!
Rhythm sticks can be found for a few dollars a set. I have even used unsharpened pencils when sticks were unavailable.
Thighs make great drums! I really enjoy the sound of hands on thighs and they don’t cost a dime. Just don’t tap too hard!
Empty oatmeal containers, large (not individual size) yogurt or margarine containers with lids make great drums. You can even decorate them!
Pots and pans can be noisy but fun! Be careful what you pick. My stainless steal bowls don’t look smooth and pretty anymore!
Syllables of words
Put on a CD of any type music (except chanting and New Age relaxation music) and find the beat!
Below is a video I made with my daughter playing The Drum Song. So get out your yogurt tubs and follow along!