We have a favorite book that we like to read at Christmas time called The Drummer Boy by Loren Long. It is a sweet story and beautifully illustrated. This year, I thought it would be fun to make a Christmas drum craft to go along with the book.
The Drummer Boy is a story about a boy who gets a drummer boy toy. It gets lost by accident and goes on all of these adventures trying to find its way home. It is always playing its drum with a fun rhythm. When the boy finds the toy finally, he decides to place it in the manger scene so the drummer could play for the baby Jesus.
I think I love this story so much because I love the The Little Drummer Boy song. It has always been one of my favorites and this book reminds me of it.
Now, back to the little drum craft that we made. This is the easiest thing. I basically gave it all over to my 5-year-old and he made it. I helped out with the taping, but everything else was done by him! Crafts that kids can do almost entirely on their own are my favorite.
How to Make the Christmas Drum Craft:
We used a #10 can, but any large can will work!
Then we trimmed some colored construction paper to fit around the can. I used 2 pieces of green paper to cover it. We glued it on. We used red and yellow to make the zig-zag pattern and glued them on top as well.
To make the strap I folded a piece of duck tape in half and taped it onto the can.
For the drumsticks I made them using skewers and duck tape for the balls on the ends. Just tape a few pieces around it until it is ball shaped.
Replace the lid on top of the can and drum away!
This is part of the Christmas Book & Craft Series going on all through November. See what the other bloggers shared today:
The Snowman- Puffy Paint Snowman – Emma Owl
The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever- Sticky Contact Paper Christmas Tree– Claire’s Little Tots
Madeline’s Christmas- Loop Loom Christmas Potholders– Syncopated Mama
The Fir Tree- Washi Tape Christmas Tree– Mum in the Mad House