Drumming to music (for 1 - 2 year olds)

Music is an excellent way to broaden your toddlers language and communication skills.

Home Learning

What to do?

To create a home made drum you will need:

  • a cookie tin or plastic container with lid for the drum
  • chopsticks / spoon for hitting
  • mobile phone or speaker to play music

Toddlers expand their understanding of words through the stories of the songs and the repetition of familiar vocabulary. Listening to songs such as the ‘Hello, Hello’ song helps your child to hear and recognise phrases which are used in everyday life, whereas songs such as ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’ introduce vocabulary paired with specific parts of their bodies, helping them to understand that words hold specific meaning.

Creating a home made drum for your child to play whilst listening to music will develop their gross motor and coordination skills, whilst simultaneously enabling them to increase their focus on a specific activity.


Learning outcomes

  • Language and Communication: repetition, attachment of meaning to words
  • Creativity: storytelling, imagination
  • Gross Motor Development: coordination, hand and arm strength

Discuss with your child

  • What can you hear?
  • Does the drum make a sound when you hit it? Repetition of the words and rhymes within the songs will improve your toddler’s understanding of language.