Bongo Drums

Bongo Drums

Hold onto those oatmeal canisters! Add some paint and your child's decorative flair, and you've got a set of bongo drums!

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Bongo Drums

Craft Features

Parent Supervision Needed
This craft requires extra parent involvement and a watchful eye, because it may require sharp tools or intricate handiwork.
Allow for Dry Time
You'll need to allow extra time for glue or paint to dry.

Developmental Skills

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Ages: 2-5

Materials

  • 2 oatmeal containers, emptied, cleaned, and dried
  • Acrylic paint
  • Large wooden beads--about 1 inch in diameter
  • Craft clue or glue gun
  • Wide brush or mini roller
  • Foam shapes in assorted colors
  • Ribbon--approximately 18 inches long

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Have your child paint the oatmeal boxes and then allow them to dry. Replace the tops on the boxes and turn the containers upside down.

  2. Step 2

    Place a wooden bead about a third of the way down the container and glue it in place. Allow it to dry. Place another bead about two-thirds of the way down the container, and glue it in place also. Once the beads are dry and secure, glue them to the remaining oatmeal container. Parents: using a glue gun makes this step much easier.

  3. Step 3

    Have your child help decorate the drums with different shapes and colors of foam.

  4. Step 4

    Glue one piece of ribbon to the outside of one oatmeal container. Make sure the ribbon is long enough to go over your child's neck and shoulders. Then attach the other end of the ribbon to the opposite container.

  5. Step 5

    You're ready to play the bongos!

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