Fun drumming games

This sensory drumming activity is a great way to get playing with musical instruments. It’s also fun looking around to see what you could turn into a drum – see how creative you could be!

This guide is part of our Sense Arts, Sport & Wellbeing programme. This activity can be done at a time that suits you, either in your own space or in an educational setting.

Who is this for?

This is a sports activity for people or groups of people who are deafblind or have complex disabilities, and can be enjoyed by anyone.

Why does this make a difference?

This activity supports social inclusion and getting active, helping build confidence through learning new skills and self-expression through creativity, independent choice and music. 

How to play

What you’ll need

  • A drum – empty boxes of chocolates, tins, an upturned saucepan, a bin or even a PE ball can all work.

How to play

  • Practice copycat drumming, where the leader drums a rhythm which is the group then repeats
  • You could also try out individual drumming, where players come up with their own beats
  • Why not put on some music, and encourage drumming along?

Top tips

  • You may want to support a player by holding their drum in a particular position for them, while others might want to drum independently