How to play
How it Plays
Explore all the different sounds pots and pans can make. Next, invite your child to keep the beat with her feet (if she's walking) and join you in a Percussion Pantry Parade all around the house or even outdoors. You can dress up with an assortment of hats, scarves, bandannas, or capes, if you like. Put on some marching music and strike up the band. Take turns being the leader, and invite the whole family to join in!
What You'll Need Drums (any of the following, all turned upside down): Empty oatmeal box, metal pot, metal frying pan, aluminum pie tin, large plastic ice cream container or water jug Drumsticks or rhythm sticks: Wood or metal spoons Cymbals: Two metal pot lids Maracas: Empty metal tea canister or clear plastic juice bottle filled with uncooked rice, popcorn, or beans (be sure containers are glued or taped tightly shut) Triangle: Metal cake rack on a string, plus metal spoon for striking Guitar or banjo: Half-gallon milk container (or shoe box) with hole cut out, "strung" with rubber bands Tambourine: Two paper plates filled with dry beans and taped together tightly Kazoo: Paper towel or toilet paper tube with a waxed paper square (about 3 x 3 inches) tightly secured to one end with a rubber band and tape.
Learning and Growing
Small children don't need elaborate plans to have fun. This kind of activity appeals to their natural spontaneity and their desire to be near you as you prepare meals or clean up.