How do I Make a Real Ocean Drum?

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How do I Make a Real Ocean Drum?
Create an ocean drum to imitate the various sounds of weather. (Drum player image by MAXFX from

An ocean drum is used to imitate the sounds of the ocean, using the movement of rice, sand or tiny seeds to graze the sides of the drum casing. Similar to a rain stick, an ocean drum can also be used to simulate the sound of light and heavy rain. The drum may be rolled, struck or shaken to create various sound effects. Ocean drums are a great at-home project for kids, as they spend hours trying to create new sounds.

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Things you need

  • Aluminium pie pan
  • Scissors
  • Plastic lid
  • Sand, rice or seeds
  • Electrical tape
  • Paper
  • Assorted markers

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  1. 1

    Cut a piece of paper to match the size of the plastic lid, using scissors. Draw on the paper cutout to personalise your ocean drum using your choice of assorted coloured markers.

  2. 2

    Glue the paper cutout on the plastic lid, using a glue stick. Allow a couple minutes for the glue to dry.

  3. 3

    Fill the aluminium pie pan with your choice of rice, sand or seeds. Measure 1/4 cup of the rice, sand or seeds and pour them into the pan.

  4. 4

    Lay the plastic lid on top of the aluminium pie pan. Use electrical tape to secure the lid to the pan, making sure the objects inside of the container cannot leak out.

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