How to make african musical instruments with children

Updated February 21, 2017

Making African musical instruments is a fun project that helps children to learn about music and the world around them. African percussion instruments are some of the earliest types of instruments made. You can make an African percussion instrument with supplies that you probably already have lying around your house. The project is easy enough for younger children to complete and yet "cool" enough for older children as well. You can make these African musical instruments relatively quickly and easily.

Turn two foam or plastic cups end to end and glue the bottoms together. Allow the glue to dry for at least 30 minutes.

Cover the holes of each cup with strips of masking tape. Tear the strips so that they are slightly longer than the mouths of the cups.

Cover the entire outside surfaces of each cup with strips of masking tape.

Brush brown shoe polish on top of the masking tape that has been applied to the cups. You can use an old toothbrush to do this.

Wipe off the excess shoe polish with a clean, dry cloth.

Draw or paint symbols and markings on the cups to decorate your drum.

Play the drums by tapping them lightly with your fingertips.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic or foam cups
  • Masking Tape
  • Glue
  • Shoe polish
  • Cloths
  • Markers or paint
  • Toothbrush
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Charlotte Johnson is a musician, teacher and writer with a master's degree in education. She has contributed to a variety of websites, specializing in health, education, the arts, home and garden, animals and parenting.