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Drum Activities for Preschoolers

As an Experience Early Learning Blog Ambassador, we receive the Experience Early Learning preschool curriculum in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, our opinions on amazing things for children are 100% our own. Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best judgement when planning activities for your children.

collage of orchestra craft and activities with text: Orchestra Activities for Preschoolers

This month's Cozy Winter Senses theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) is off to a wonderful start with this week's Orchestra topic. Today we're learning about the Drum and the children couldn't be more excited!

What can you pound on or tap to make noise? That was our discussion question for the day. We used our hands to make noise.

children standing on circle time rug clapping syllables

We drummed on the floor for rhythm and then did the syllables in everyone's names for literacy practice. I modeled it first and then we clapped together.

As a group, we practiced singing fast and slow to practice following a beat. During circle time, we also talked about percussion instruments and played bells to Jingle Bell Rock.

preschoolers standing on circle time rug and playing bells while singing

Our Make & Play activity from Experience Early Learning for today was Drum Design and we used plates, straws, yarn, and beads to make pellet drums.

The children decorated their plates and then wrapped a piece of tape around the end of the yarn to thread the beads.

Make & Play and Daily Topic Posters on circle time rug

What a wonderful way to not only reinforce our lesson for today but also to practice fine motor skills. Children can use the Make & Play projects for dramatic play when they're finished.

They can make their own orchestra or march in a pretend parade or even put together a holiday band. The possibilities are endless, which means lots of opportunities for imagination and exploration.

children coloring plates using markers to make drum craft

Today's math activity was an orchestra matching game. The children took turns flipping over two cards and identifying if they were a match.

These small group games are perfect for center time. The children can not only practice important math and literacy skills, but also communication skills, social relationships, and even attention & persistence.

three drums on circle time rug

Don't forget to check back next week to see what we're up to as we learn about outdoor sights and sounds with Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time).

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