DIY Oatmeal Drum

Oatmeal Drum Craft

Music is a favorite in our home so I thought, what could be more fun than making an musical instrument at home? This is a tutorial on how to make a homemade drum using an empty oatmeal container. Make sure to enlist your child’s help to make a custom drum that they could be proud of. This is a fun and easy craft to make with kids.

For this activity you will need:
- Empty rolled or “old fashioned” oats container
- Construction paper
– Glue

This activity:
- Promotes auditory and sensory stimulation
– Teaches rhythm
- Fosters hand and eye coordination
– Explores creativity

First I had my daughter color and decorate the construction paper(I used 2 pieces).

Toddler craft homemade drum

Then I used a glue stick and glued the papers around the container.

Homemade drum crafts for toddler and preschoolers

I added some red trim.

Homemade drum

Then I hot glued the lid on

Grab your drum sticks. I used metal spoons but you could use just about anything- wooden spoons, hands, etc.

Homemade drum

Beat away!

Homemade drum craft for toddlers and preschoolers

 Have you ever made a homemade instrument?

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  1. sien says


    I’m writing a thesis about play for parents of young children with developmental issues. I’d like to use the last picture of your daughter for a part where I advise parents to make cheap musical instruments

    can you please let me know if it’s okay to use the picture?

    greetings from belgium,


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