Monday, March 26, 2012

Oatmeal Canister Drum

My son loves Little Golden Books.  For whatever reason if the book has a golden spine it's listed among his favorites.  Whenever he picks out a book for me to read to him it's a golden one.

The other day we read The Boy With a Drum and afterward my son told me that he would like a drum.

I  wasn't about to go out and buy one for him but I told him that the next time we had an empty oatmeal canister we would make a drum together. 

After a few weeks we had an empty oatmeal container and I excitingly showed my son.  The look on his face was one of disappointment.  This "trash" was not what he had in mind at all.  But then we got out the scissors and markers, peeled off the wrapper, cut it down to size, colored it, punched some holes in the sides, added a strap, and hunted down some pencils to use for sticks, and I had one boy who was so proud of the drum he had made. 

He has had a great time playing with his new toy.

And so pleased that he made it himself.

And now my daughter wants one too.  It looks like we'll be eating a lot more oatmeal.  Good thing we like it so much.


  1. This is so cute - I have just pinned it! I must get my youngest to try this out!

  2. I've been thinking about making some drums with my empty formula containers. I love that you added a strap to yours! So cute.

  3. Did you leave the bottom open or closed? I was fortunate enough to find an old Fisher Price drum kit at a garage sale, complete with cymbals and tamborine for 35 cents. But you can't beat the experience of making your own.:)

  4. Shiloh-
    The bottom is closed. I cut my height off the top and then put the lid back on, that way it can open up and the "drum sticks" can be placed inside.

    I had the Fisher Price drum set when I saw a little girl and loved it! What a deal to find it for 35 cents.

  5. So cute! Love the picturs of your little guy drumming away!

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy & Alissa

  6. Stopping by from Fun Stuff Fridays!

  7. I love this idea. Have you got any stickers with the animals mentioned in the book. You could stick them around the outside of your daughters drum and point to them as they are mentioned in the book.
    This is one of our favourites at our house so I am definitely making one of these and hopefully finding some animal stickers.
    Thanks for sharing.

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