Big Thoughts, Big Noise: Creative Kids Charity

I remember hours, days, spent as a kid and teenager at a local non-profit “artsy place” called Mars Hill. It was there that I first started playing the guitar, they let me make a mess as I created some of my first mixed media sculptures, had fun making the sounds of “rain” in a drum circle, learned how to spray-paint (my re-made furniture is thankful), and participated in poetry contests. It was free and it was fun! I learned to appreciate and look for the unusual and different in the world around me. Today, Mars Hill no longer exists, but I can pass on some of that love to a charity that is very similar. Big Thought is located in Dallas and is giving kids and teens an opportunity and a place to be creative. In honor of them here are some super-easy instructions on how to create your very own formula can drum. Who knows, maybe you can have a drum circle at your house.
preschoolers making formula can drums

All you need to create your own drums, are some old formula cans, balloons, scissors and some packing tape.

Stretch the balloons around the can.  We double layered the balloons for durability and cut the top layer for a fun effect.

Big Thought is in the midst of a contest, sponsored by Metroplex Cadillac Dealers. They need your votes to help them win a grant and help them inspire creativity in more little lives. Go to Metroplex Cadillac’s facebook page and “like” Big Thought on our behalf. Metroplex Cadillac sponsored this post, has contributed to our adoption fund, and is helping to inspire creativity in our kids. Thank you Big Thought & Metroplex Cadillac!


Edited to add… I just re-discovered the inspiration of this post!  Several weeks ago I saw similar drums on Mini-Eco.  Cute.  Thanks for the inspiration!

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An original "Quirky Momma" blogger and "Mommy" to six kids under six, when Rachel is not wiping crayon off the walls or wading through laundry, she can be found exploring and creating with her kiddos. She hopes to be someone who acts justly, loves kindness and walks humbly before God (Micah 6:8).