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Mixed Pack of 5 x Budget Djembe Drums - 12/15/20/25/30cm high, painted


Five mini Djembes, each with a wooden drumstick. The Djembes range in height from 12cm to 30cm and have diameters from 2in up to 6in.


N.B. For SEN settings: Please put a note with your order to indicate that it is needed for an SEN setting, so that we know to include the relevant materials.


How it's Played

One way to play these Djembe is to hold it under your arm and hit it using the flat of your hand. The more common way to play them is to sit on a chair and put the Djembe at an angle away from you and held in place between your knees/legs. Both hands are then free to play the instrument.


Very young children will also want to stand the Djembe on the floor and hit it with their hands. This makes a more dampened sound, as the hole at the base of the drum needs to be exposed to allow the air pressures to balance, allowing the skin to become more resonant.


The larger Djembes may be big enough for a small child to lay it on the floor and sit on it like on a horse, then hit the skin with hands or beaters.


You can also use a small beater or two as long as you do not hit the skin too hard which will create dents. It's also ideal for using fingers to tap out rhythms. When using your fingers, it is best to flick them quickly, so that they just touch the skin for an instant before bouncing off again.


If you’re using this product in an Early Years setting, please follow these Good Practice Guidelines.


Good Practice Guide


Early Years Musical Instruments & Music Kits


Please always remember that ‘Sound Children’ and ‘Drums for Schools’ Early Years products are musical instruments and NOT toys and should be used with young children only under the close supervision of responsible educationalists and carers. By following these simple guidelines you will ensure the children’s learning, development and enjoyment of playing music, as well as their safety.


  1. Bring the instruments out just for music sessions, and put them away afterwards (the children will love to help!). This keeps the instruments ‘special’ and it avoids any risk of them being damaged in the course of unsupervised play, without your realising it.

  3. Make sure your music sessions take place on a soft surface, whether inside or out.

  5. By your own example encourage the children to treat the little instruments as we treat full size orchestral instruments - with sensitivity, gentleness and care.

  7. Never allow children to play with any instrument unless closely supervised and don’t let any child suck or bite any part of any instrument.

  9. Don’t let a child of any age play any musical instrument aggressively, especially close the ear, as we must take care to avoid any risk to their hearing.

  11. After each music session, wipe down the instruments with a damp cloth if they’re grubby (fine to use a mild disinfectant solution) and check for any loose parts (tug on any strings) or cracks. If in any doubt, remove a damaged instrument from use and contact us for further advice (sending us a photo is a good start).

Click here to download the Good Practice Guide


Any questions? Email care@drumsforschools.co.uk

How it's Made

The same steps are used to make the smaller Djembes as are used for the full sized professional Djembes.


First of all take a piece of wood - a piece of unused mahogany left over from furniture production in this case. Second, carve the outside Djembe shape, hollow out the inside using a lathe and then shape the edge of the top by hand. Third, weld three strong metal rings around the waist and top of the Djembe, ready for taking the stringing.


Fourth, cut a piece of tanned goatskin to fit the drum head and position it so that the top metal ring goes over it. Fifth using traditional stringing techniques between the three metal rings, increase the tension of the goatskin until it produces a satisfying note. Sixth decorate the Djembe with safe water-based paints and colourful aboriginal designs. Finally, carefully finish all the edges to make sure there are no splinters or sharp edges.


How to Look After It

These mini Djembes will not require extensive maintenance, but be sure not to let the skin get damp as it will lose its tension, and when the tension goes so does the sound. If you do have an accident, you can always try using a hair dryer to warm up and tighten the skin, or put it in the sun for twenty minutes and it will soon dry out.

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