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Make It Yourself: Ocean Drum and Play Along Song

Learn how to make an ocean drum with everyday items at home! Once you have your ocean drum, join Abigail Loyd, MT-BC under the sea as we sing and play along to "Ocean Song". Both videos are at the bottom of the page!

Ocean drums are an amazing tool in music therapy. They have universal appeal, help provide sensory input, and create a soothing sound. You can easily make a great sounding ocean drum at home that will last for many under the sea jam sessions!

To create your ocean drum, you will need the following things:

1. An aluminum pie pan (or a plastic tupperware container)

2. Aluminum foil

3. Rice (or dried beans, craft beads, etc.)

4. A piece of paper

5. Markers (and anything else you want to decorate your ocean picture with!)

6. Scissors

7. Tape

Great! Now that you have what you need, let's get to putting your ocean drum together! You can follow the written directions below, or watch our "Make It Yourself Ocean Drum" video at the bottom of the page.


1. Pour rice into aluminum pie pan. You can use as much or as little rice as you want to make your wave noises! I used around 1/4 cup.

2. Cover pie pan with your piece of aluminum foil by pinching it around the edges. Make sure you completely cover the pie pan and there are no places rice could escape from!

3. Use your markers to color an ocean scene on your piece of paper. Have fun!

4. Cut the piece of paper into a circle that covers the aluminum foil on top of the pie pan. You can use a pencil to trace the piece of paper to the desired circle size.

5. Tape the ocean picture to the piece of aluminum foil on the top of the pie pan. You can also tape down the aluminum foil on the bottom of the pie pan for extra security.

6. Give it a try! Gently rock the ocean drum from side to side or in a circle. Listen to those waves!

Now that you have your ocean drum, play along with Abigail Loyd, MT-BC as sings an adaption of "Baby Beluga" - a children's classic! Check out the video below!

Did you enjoy this article? Want more DIY instruments or other musical activities? Explore our blog and website!

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