The Learning Sanctuary

Chinese Drums

The Chinese rattle drum is one of the oldest style of toys in China, it is often found at festivals such as the Lunar New Year. Create your own, explore a little bit of history and enjoy the rhythmic sounds!

Materials needed

  • 2 small paper plates
  • 2 beads
  • Ribbons, string or even a shoelace
  • Glue or a stapler
  • Popsicle stick or dowel
  • Hole punch
  • Glitter (optional)


  1. Decorate the plates as you wish. You can use coloured paper or paint or draw straight on to the plates
  2. Glue the popsicle stick/dowel to one of the paper plates
  3. Then glue/staple the plates together
  4. Punch a hole on each side of the plate
  5. Measure the ribbon so that it goes from one hole to just past the centre point of the plate
  6. Tie one end of the ribbon to the hole
  7. Take a bead and place it on the other end of the ribbon
  8. Complete for both sides
  9. To play your drum, take the popsicle stick/dowel into your hands and twist it back and forth. The beads will hit the paper plates and make noise!

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