Mini Bongo Drums


Celebrate National Drum Month in November by using a couple of recycled yogurt cups and making a groovy set of bongos! This simple project encourages musical skills and uses eco-friendly magic to turn trash into treasure, teaching kids the fun in saving those empty containers for a good cause.


  1. Have your child cover the top of both yogurt containers with pieces of tape by taping them over the opening, and layering them on top of each other so there are no gaps.
  2. Now your child can paint the exterior of the cups his favorite color, with a fun design.
  3. Once the paint dries, cut a length of string about two feet long and wrap it around the cups in a figure eight to secure the bongos together with a tight knot. You may need to help your child with this step. Now you’re ready to jam!

Discuss: Make them draw other rhythm instruments that they have seen.

Quiz: What happens when the tape becomes loose?