Music education develops more than a child's creative interests, says Diane Flynn Keith, an expert in homeschooling and childhood education. The skill involved in making music encourages a child's mathematical abilities, as evidenced by the fact that children who learn music score higher on spatial reasoning tests than their non-musical peers. To introduce your child to the world of music, start by teaching him to play a simple, cheap drum that you can make yourself.
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Things you need
- Cylindrical oatmeal container
- Tape measure
- Gift wrapping paper
Apply glue around the rim of an empty cylindrical oatmeal container. Press the lid onto the container and hold it for one minute. Allow 30 minutes for the glue to dry.
Measure the height and circumference of the oatmeal container up to the bottom edge of the lid. Cut a piece of gift wrapping paper to fit around the container.
Apply glue to the outside of the oatmeal container. Cover the container with the piece of gift wrapping paper, smoothing wrinkles as you go. Allow 30 minutes for the glue to dry.
Show the child how to play the drum. Tap your fingertips and palms on the lid of the oatmeal container to produce different sounds.
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