These ice drum musical instruments can be played outside or indoors any time of the year. The musical activities are inspired by the Siberian percussion group Etnobit, who experimented with playing ice on Lake Baikal, the world’s deepest lake.
Supplies To Collect
- food containers (yogurt, sour cream, margarine, etc.)
- food coloring
- drum sticks
- large tub
- spoons for stirring and drumming
Making the Ice Drum Musical Instruments
Freeze water colored with food coloring in different-sized food containers and bowls.
When frozen, remove the ice shapes from their molds and place them in a tub. Sprinkle snow in the tub first if it is available. Add drumsticks and objects for striking the ice.
Playing The Ice Drums
Invite your early learners to experiment with drumming sounds on the ice chunks.
They can tap:
- fast sounds
- slow sounds
- loud sounds
- soft sounds
- one slow note/ two fast notes rhythm
- one loud note/two soft notes rhythm
The little learners can also tap their own melodies on the ice drums.
Watch this video to see the percussion group Etnobit playing music on ice slabs.
Frozen Water Glass Xylophone
Another frozen water musical activity is to fill clear drinking glasses with varying amounts of colored water. Freeze them overnight and then set them on a table in a row. Have your little charges tap the water glasses with drumsticks to make higher and lower notes and experiment with melody making.
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© Annette Kaminsky February 26, 2021
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