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Chinese New Year drum craft for kids

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Looking for to help ring in the Lunar New Year? This Chinese New Year drum craft for kids makes a great activity that will keep little ones quite engaged.

Chinese New Year drum craft for kids

This craft re-creates a traditional Chinese instrument called the Bolang Gu, or pellet drum. This instrument is used in Chinese ritual music and as a children’s toy. The pellet drum is double sided with two heads and two pellets connected to the sides. It is played by turning the stick between two hands such that the two pellets swing back and forth and hit the two drum heads. When done correctly, it makes a wonderful rhythmic sound.

To do this craft, you will need two paper plates. We decided to paint ours red and gold, since those colors are considered by Chinese people to be good luck. Note that you will need to paint the back of the plates, not the front.

Once the paint on our plates were dry, we taped a wooden dowel to the inside of one of the plates.

Next, the kids made the pellets by tying bells to a string. They then used tape to attach the string to the sides of their plates.

This is what the drums looks like after attaching the wooden dowel and pellets.

Chinese New Year drum craft for kids

We then used a stapler to attach the second plate on top. I made sure to have the kids staple where the pellet strings were attached to help secure them in place.

This is how you hold the stick to turn the drum. By rubbing the stick back and forth in your hands, the pellets will swing, hitting the drum faces.

We tested out our drums, and were pleased to see that they worked really well!

Finally, we decided to decorate our drums with some Chinese New Year stickers we had laying around.

Beautiful drums all ready for Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year drum craft for kids

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Anything noise-making is always a hit at my house. This would be a great way to introduce some learning about the Chinese New Year!

So much more to learn when you make your own. Love the results!

Chinese New Year drum craft for kids

This is so fun! We did this in story time last year.

This is so cute! I love to make some for my child. I am sure he will love it so much!

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Sparking children's creativity and learning

Chinese New Year drum craft for kids

This post may contain affiliate ads at no cost to you. See my for more information.

Chinese New Year drum craft for kids

Sharing is caring - thank you for spreading the word!

Looking for to help ring in the Lunar New Year? This Chinese New Year drum craft for kids makes a great activity that will keep little ones quite engaged.

This craft re-creates a traditional Chinese instrument called the Bolang Gu, or pellet drum. This instrument is used in Chinese ritual music and as a children’s toy. The pellet drum is double sided with two heads and two pellets connected to the sides. It is played by turning the stick between two hands such that the two pellets swing back and forth and hit the two drum heads. When done correctly, it makes a wonderful rhythmic sound.

To do this craft, you will need two paper plates. We decided to paint ours red and gold, since those colors are considered by Chinese people to be good luck. Note that you will need to paint the back of the plates, not the front.

Once the paint on our plates were dry, we taped a wooden dowel to the inside of one of the plates.

Chinese New Year drum craft for kids

Next, the kids made the pellets by tying bells to a string. They then used tape to attach the string to the sides of their plates.

This is what the drums looks like after attaching the wooden dowel and pellets.

We then used a stapler to attach the second plate on top. I made sure to have the kids staple where the pellet strings were attached to help secure them in place.

This is how you hold the stick to turn the drum. By rubbing the stick back and forth in your hands, the pellets will swing, hitting the drum faces.

We tested out our drums, and were pleased to see that they worked really well!

Chinese New Year drum craft for kids

Finally, we decided to decorate our drums with some Chinese New Year stickers we had laying around.

Beautiful drums all ready for Chinese New Year!

More Chinese New Year resources

More Chinese New Year posts from Gift of Curiosity:

For more kid-friendly Chinese New Year activities, see my page and my .

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