Patience is a virtue, especially in our local library consortium. I placed a hold months ago for The Creative Family by Amanda Blake Soule (link below). Finally after much eager anticipation the book was ready and waiting for me. I rushed over to my local branch and picked it up.
I've been reading the Soule Mama blog now for quite sometime and I knew her recently published book would be like icing on the cake. The book is chock full of creative outlets for your entire family to enjoy together.
One of the her creative projects that sparked my curiosity was the Banging Wall. Basically, she gathered up old pots, pans, and metal bakeware. Then she attached them to a moveable A-Frame so her children (and adults alike) could create music by banging on the pots/pans with wooden spoons or sticks, in her yard. Brilliant!
Saturdays are 50% off days at our local thrift store. I headed over to pick up some old pots and pans so we could have our own Banging Wall. I walked away with a great selection of metalware for less than $10 bucks. We have a humongous shed in our backyard, that was just screaming for some creativity to adorn it. The Banging Wall was just the perfect solution.
This morning, I couldn't wait to get started. I took some old scraps of 2x4's and attached them to the shed wall. Then I started placing the pots and pans in various places, trying to get the best sound possible. Some are attached loosely, some are on string, and some are flush with the 2x4.
Add a couple of sticks and wooden spoons, and voile music will happen. I will warn you, you may be inching in for some space on your kids. I try to model playing rhythms for Sj, so then she can recreate those rhythms. At this point she's just in free for all banging mode.
Not sure what my neighbors think, but maybe it's my payback for all the constant barking dogs.
Enjoy the video, I couldn't resist. You may even laugh at Sj's reaction to knocking the rack off the shed wall! It's a hoot.
For the record, we've name our wall, the Drum Wall. Hopefully you'll encourage your children to explore music with your very own Drum/Banging Wall!