Thursday, February 20, 2014

Rainbow Drums on the Light Table

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We store all of our colored glass stones for our light table in clear paint cans that I found at the dollar store.  More specifically, we have a clear paint can for each color of glass stones that we own.  So there's one filled with red, one with orange, one with different shades of green, etc.  The entire rainbow and more.

One particular evening, one of the clear paint cans was lying empty on the floor.  K picked it up and started banging on it like a drum.  That's when the rainbow drums were created!

Rainbow drums on the light table from And Next Comes L

I took all of our paint cans filled with glass stones, ensuring that the lids were on tight, and put them on the light table upside down.  I decided to put them upside down because then the surface of the drum would be slightly bigger and not indented.  I also didn't want to risk having the boys dent the lids so that I couldn't open the paint cans afterwards.  I arranged them in a rainbow order and set out some wooden spoons.  The rainbow drums looked so magical!

Rainbow drums on the light table from And Next Comes L

Closeup of rainbow drums on the light table from And Next Comes L

You'll notice that the number of glass stones varies from paint can to paint can.  That's the science part of this activity.  The sound of the drums varied depending on how many glass stones were in the container so each paint can ended up having a slightly different tone.

To set the mood for some music fun, I put on J's favorite song, which at the time was "Eraser" from the Barenaked Ladies' Snacktime album.  This particular song has various tempo changes in it, so it was a lot of fun to watch J match his drumming to the tempo of the song.

J drumming on the light table from And Next Comes L

J drumming on the light table from And Next Comes L

K was a crazy little drummer boy.  He substituted a tablespoon for the wooden spoons and drummed away as fast as he could.

K drumming on the light table from And Next Comes L

The boys had a blast and only one paint can ended up with a few small dents in it.

Here are some more fun drum activities or other ways to explore music using light: 


Music play on the light table with rainbow drums from And Next Comes L
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4 comments:

  1. What a fun idea. Love the paint cans too. I need some organization and storage solutions for all my stuff.

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    1. Thanks! If you're looking for some of clear paint cans, then check Dollarama. I may have cleaned out the one near our house though ;)

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  2. This looks awesome!! I love everything about it!!!

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    1. Ah thanks! There's something magical about rainbows on the light table!

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