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Create an authentic replica of a Nigerian dundun and make it sing!
While investigating the continent of Africa, ask students to research which parts of Africa play talking drums. One example is a Nigerian dundun drum. How is it made? What materials are used? How does it sound when played?
After investigating the Nigerian drums, as well as the patterns used to adorn them, ask students to supply two plastic flower pots or urns from home. One flower pot is to be placed face down on strong, stretchy, neutral-colored fabric.
Using a Crayola® Marker, students trace around the mouth of the flower pots onto the fabric. A second circle is traced, but this one is about two finger-widths wider than the first circle. Dots are placed all around the two circles. The dots are about three finger widths apart.
Using Crayola Scissors, students cut around the outer circle and punch holes through all of the dots. Repeat Steps 3 & 4 for the second, matching pot. Line up the holes from the first circle so that there are the same number of holes in each circle.
Students tie the smaller ends of the pots together with long, plastic twist ties or similar items. Thread two ties through the drain holes of each pot and tie them so that the pots are secure. Wrap duct tape around the joint between the two pots.
Demonstrate how to use Crayola Crayons to create a wood effect on the pots. Provide time for students to do the same.
Place the drum upright, like an hourglass. Place one of the fabric circles under the bottom drumhead and the other fabric circle on the top. Use a long length of twine to stretch from top to bottom, back and forth, all the way around the drum.
After covering their work area with recycled newspaper, students create a glaze for their drums by combining water and Crayola School Glue. Glaze the drumhead and allow time for the glaze to dry.
A curved plastic or wooden kitchen utensil can be used as a drum stick. While playing the drum, students hold the drum under one arm. Take time to experiment with making the drum create various sounds.
Students create an original drum language after experimenting with their drums. Play for classmates and see if they can decipher original messages!
This powerful diorama pays tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrate his historic civil rights speech on the step
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