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About Jolene

Jolene has enjoyed working in
the healthcare field in such
capacities as Marketing
Director, Activity Director and
Coordinator of Dementia
programs. She currently holds
an Administrator's License and
works as an Activity Consultant.
She is the author of A+
Activites and owner and
operator of the A+ Activities
website, a website dedicated
to Activity Professionals that
has been in circulation for over
12 years.  

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October is National Drum Month!

Here are some ideas to celebrate this event!

Make your own drum and start making some music!
Easy To Make Tribal Drum:

Materials Needed:
  • Craft tissue, different colors
  • Scissors
  • Plastic jar
  • Mod Podge
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • 10-inch diameter goat skin
  • Twine
  • Two wood beads

1. Cut two 3 by 12 inch strips from craft tissue paper. Tear or cut different shapes of the
remaining tissue paper and set aside.
2. Brush Mod Podge on the two strips of tissue paper, and then twist each one into a
rope. Set aside to dry.

3. Soak the goatskin in water for about 15 minutes.

4. Apply Mod Podge to sides of the plastic jar. Overlap the remaining strips and shapes
of tissue paper on the sides.

5. Squeeze excess water from the goatskin and place it over the open top of the jar.
Make a noose from the twine and apply it to the rim of the jar to hold the skin in place.
Pull the skin smooth taut, and secure the twine.

6. Paint tribal designs over the tissue paper once the sides are dry. Make squiggly and
swirly lines, suns and abstract designs

7. Dip the ends of the tissue paper ropes from Step 2 in Mod Podge. Slip the wood
beads on the ends and let dry. Use these drumsticks to play on your new tribal drum.

•  Tune your tribal drum by adjusting the drumhead (skin) looser or tauter. Another way
to tune is to add water to the jar for different sounds or dampen the head of the drum
with wet hands.
•  Experiment with making tribal drums out of other objects like coffee cans or paper
mache boxes.
•  Instead of goat skin, you can use some other thin leather or skin.

Makes about 30
For the cookies:
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

For the decorations:
white candy coating or white chocolate, melted and slightly cooled
colored sugars, and sprinkles

For the drumsticks:
red and/or green licorice laces
white candy coating or white chocolate, melted and slightly cooled
To make the cookies, combine all cookie ingredients except flour and cocoa in a large
mixing bowl and beat until light and creamy. Stir in flour and cocoa until well mixed.
Divide dough into 4 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a 1-inch diameter log, about 7
inches long. You may need to refrigerate the dough for about 30 minutes if it is too soft
to handle. Wrap each log in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, an hour or more.

Pre-heat oven to 375 F. Remove one log of dough from the refrigerator, remove plastic
and cut into 3/4" slices. Place one inch apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 8 to
10 minutes or until set. Let stand two minutes then remove to wire racks to cool
completely. Repeat with remaining dough.

To decorate the cookies, roll the sides of drums in the melted chocolate or candy
coating, then roll in colored sugars or other sprinkles to coat. Place on sheets of waxed
paper to harden.

To make the drumsticks, cut licorice laces into 1-1/4" pieces. Dip one end in melted
chocolate or candy coating. Chocolate should be cooled and thick enough so that it
creates a small blob at the end of the licorice lace, somewhat like the end of a Q-tip.
Crisscross two drumsticks on top of each drum. Let stand to harden.


Chinese Drum Craft
A popular old-fashioned noise-making toy, the Chinese drum (rattle) is twisted in the
hand so that the beads bounce of it and make a noise. With practice you can get a good
rhythm going! Here's one you can make yourself…
You will need:
  • Shoelace
  • Wooden beads
  • Wooden spoon
  • Two old cds/dvds
  • Strong glue
  • Acrylic paint
Thread a bead on to each end of the shoelace and knot to secure. Wrap the shoelace
around the spoon, gluing in place. Just a short length should be left either side.
Glue an old CD or CD-Rom to either side of the spoon. You need very strong glue for
this (we used a hot glue gun), so be careful.

When the glue is dry, paint your drum with acrylic paints.

Practice getting a regular rhythm going, or use your drum to support your favorite team
at a sporting event.