The Dragon Drum – London, The UK

What a big drum! It must be a dragon drum! Pum, bum! That’s a scary sound!

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Tibetan Drum, London

Learning context:

Experiencing new cultures can sometimes happen in your hometown. In the middle of London town our kids participated in a festival dedicated to Far East. Wherever you take your kids in London, they will be allowed and even encouraged to touch, taste, smell almost anything  they want in a welcoming and safe environment. It’s a truly child friendly place!

Culture is people but also artifacts, stories and everyday objects. Julio spotted this old Tibetan ritual drum and was curious to try it out immediately! Trying things out means a world to kids especially when things are new and seem so exciting. Julio experienced totally new sound sensation, he first approached the instrument hitting it gently and only then realized that he needed to add more power! He asked questions about the paintings on the wooden frame of the drum, a mysterious dragon-like creature and was curious to find out if there were any stories related to it. We also spotted  a few Tibetan letters  and we tried writing them with Julio at home to take multicultural learning even further!

Multicultural learning:

  • Tibetan drum as a local instrument: discovering new sounds, ways of playing the instrument,
  • drum as a ritual instrument: learning about Tibetan culture, rituals and religion
  • exploring stories, myths and legends related to the area of China and Tibet
  •  mythical creatures and their metaphorical meaning
  • Tibetan alphabet: raising literacy awareness, exploring letters writing and mark-making (depending on child’s age and stage of development)

Cross-curricular links/Child Development:

  • multisensory learning: exploring sound sensation, colourful paintings on the drum
  • fine and gross motor skills: hitting the drum, body posture, holding the drum stick
  • history, myths and legends: exploring Asian legends, tales, mythical creatures
  • creativity: music and sound making, playing with sounds and rhythm

Photo location: London, The United Kingdom

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