I asked the lunch room back in February to save a bunch of #10 cans for the elementary music room. After maternity leave, I returned with a fresh supply of drumming kits called Stick Stations that feature those cans—cleaned out and taped in fluorescent duct tape! The kids are having a blast with them! And, we got to help the environment by recycling.
A music teacher from Orlando came up with the idea for the Stick Stations and published a book called KidStix. We've used the Stick Stations and some of the activities from the book in every grade, 3K-4th, in the past week. It's been a fun way to review rhythms and preview next year's music classes.
A fun summer project would be helping your child create his or her own Stick Station at home. You can use any type of can, container, box, pot, etc. for the Crash Can, some jingle bells would work for the tambourine, any flat, hard surface would work for the beat board, and even pencils work as drum sticks. Be creative and see what you can create! You are welcome to email me pictures of your homemade Stick Stations in action!
We'll also use the Stick Stations some in my "Drumming Up Fun!" Summer Camp through the Center For Discovery. Sign up your rising 3rd-5th grader for this fun class the last week of July!
Sticks Stations with Crash Can, Tambourine, Beat Board, and Drum Sticks
2nd Grade playing on the Stick Stations. The Crash Cans have a piece of foam taped to the top.
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Mr. Krejci, Calder, and I are doing great! Calder's Grandma (my mom) has been staying with us to help take care of him. He is 14 weeks old, is just learning to hold his head up, grunts a lot, and loves to listen to music! He is a sweet, happy baby and we are so thankful the Lord picked us to be his Mama and Daddy. Here's a picture of him at 13 weeks :)
Calder Elias Krejci 05.11.15