The Great ADVENTure – Little Drummer Boy

The Great ADVENTure – a collection of ideas for families to use during the Advent Season

Today’s theme:  Little Drummer Boy

Drum & Hand

Psalm 98: 4 – 6   Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music; make music to the Lord with the harp,with the harp and the sound of singing, with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn—shout for joy before the Lord, the King.

Story time
The Little Drummer Boy by Ezra Jack Keats

It is the transformation story of the Little Drummer Boy who is too poor to give Baby Jesus a present.  The gift he does have he shares and it is his very best.  Want an extension to the book?  Check out our Drummer Boy post from 2010.


Sing, “The Little Drummer Boy” song

Lyrics found here.

Talk together about what you might have brought to Jesus on the day he was born.  What can you give him today?

Make your own drum 

Materials you might use:

Oatmeal Container – Cover the oatmeal container in Christmas wrapping paper or decorate with Christmas ribbon.

Tin Can (idea from Hands On as we Grow)

 photo from Hands On as We Grow

Look at this post from Hands-On As We Grow to see ideas of recycled materials to use for drums.  Most is around your house.

Hat Box Drum (idea from KidSpot)

 photo from KidSpot

Instructions on how to make these wonderful drums, here at KidSpot.


Native American drum video

Here is a fantastic learning video on YouTube.  It is by All Nations Singers and about Native American drumming.


What has Rhythm?

Rhythm is everywhere!  Rhythm is a regularly occurring sound or a pattern of sound. You can feel the rhythm of your heart beat when you put your hand on your chest.  you can hear rhythm in the noises your washing machine makes.  Even rain makes a rhythmic sound.  What rhythms do you hear in the world today?

Kitchen Percussion Band

Kitchen Utensils

Look around your kitchen for percussion instruments.  A percussion instrument is a good excuse to bang on something!  Plastic containers, metal pots, wooden spoons, tightly closed spice containers, closed cereal boxes, and glasses lightly tapped with some silverware make great percussion noises!  Play your instruments with your favorite Christmas songs.

More of The Great ADVENTure coming your way tomorrow!

Tomorrow’s theme:  Christmas Tree


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