Kids' drums fulfill a primal need – the need to make and hear rhythmic sounds, and the need to make a pounding motion, whether using bare hands or a tool of some kind.
For this reason, kids' drums make excellent learning toys. Not only do they teach children about percussion; beating a musical drum also encourages physical coordination while teaching them about cause and effect: they make a certain type of action, and they get a very specific type of sound.
Children all over the world are fascinated by drums. Drum-playing is quite popular in many cultures: India, China, Africa and practically every other continent. Kids' drums are used broadly for music therapy, especially when working with children with developmental challeges.
Parents do not always think about a drum set first when they think about buying toys for their children. Toy cars, dolls, rubber bouncing balls are usually top on their list for kids' toys.
Drums make excellent learning toys, and also help release inner energy in active kids. A toy drum helps a child – boy or girl – sit still for a while and focus, as the child realizes that he or she is capable of generating a deep, resonant sound by sitting still in front of that drum and hitting it with hands or mallet. Pounding on a toy drum is an excellent way for a small child to communicate his feelings.
The sound of drums playing also has a tendency to bring bystanders around, as they watch the player hit the toy, creating sounds with it. Kids of all ages, and for that matter, adults, are attracted by the sound of a drum. Drums have a way of bringing people together.
When looking for a good kids' drum, it is important to make sure that the drum is not only the right size for the child, but that it is well-made and durable enough to last through the years and "grow with the child" . It could be the starter piece for future drum sets for kids.
A good kids' drum is made with real skin and does not sound harsh or annoying, rather, it should have a wonderful rich sound that is soothing without being overly loud. The construction should be strong, as kids' drums can be expected to get a good pounding, and kids are often tempted to stand on them, which is why they need to be monitored.