I told you earlier about how we like to celebrate Chinese New Year. We attended the new year celebration at our local library over the weekend, which got me excited to make a Chinese New Year craft.
It’s such a cute little project, and you have all the materials you need in your house, I promise.
The craft is easy to do and quick other than waiting for paint to dry.
About the Monkey Drum
The Monkey Drum is also known as a bolang gu and is a common toy for children used at Chinese New Year celebrations. But they’re actually a real percussion instrument that dates to the Song Dynasty of China and were also found in Tibet, Mongolia, India and Taiwan.
The drums are typically smaller than our paper plate version and are played by spinning the drum with the stick.
And while you can’t really hear them in this video, you can see that the playing of the bolang gu is often accompanied by dance:
The how-to for this craft is 99 cents at Daria’s site at Teachers Pay Teachers, and while you’re there you can check out a ton of other great resources for teaching world music to children.
Do you make musical instruments with your kids? I’d love to hear about it!