Dream Drum Kit

Our Dream Drum Kit was the Winner of the Nursery World Awards for equipment in 2012. The judge said it is A unique resource with a unique sound. It allows for creative skills to be developed together.


The Dream Drum is a pitched percussion instrument that is so easy and satisfying to play that it really is an instrument for everyone, from Early Years to getting on in Years and it is particularly brilliant in SEN settings.


You can play it solo, you can play four hands (or more), you can add simple percussion instruments, you can sing along, add melodic instruments, use as a soundscape background for story-telling, you can play in small groups as well as much, much more. Truly versatile.


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.

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More about the Dream Drum Kit

This instrument is amazing as it is such a resonant and beautiful sound as well as being visually stunning. It entices everyone.


It is made of a recycled gas canister which has had tongues cut into the top which are specially tuned to make 9 different tones which cover almost two octaves of a pentatonic scale.


It is especially good for that one child who doesn't enjoy working with others and likes to be alone.


Using soft beaters, such as those included in the kit, is important as harder sticks can chip, dent and detune the finish. Our beaters have been designed with this instrument in mind so as to give a range of softer resonant responses.


The Dream Drum Kit is particularly good when used outdoors as the sound carries beautifully. The drum can be shared by up to 4 young children but is very good with 2 children, or a child or two with an adult. It also comes with a special booklet which tells you more about how to play the instrument if you want to take it further. However, the Dream Drum is immediately easy to play and doesn't need special musical experience!


The Dream Drum comes in its own padded canvas carry bag, together with three different beaters, a drum stand made from banana leaves, a short guide "Introducing the Dream Drum" and a set of stick-on numbers in case you'd like to number the keys from 1 to 9.

What's included

If youre 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 childrens 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 dont let any child suck or bite any part of any instrument.

  9. Dont 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 theyre 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

What goes well with the Dream Drum Kit

Because the Dream Drum is unique in its sound and is quite resonant, it tends not be a very rhythmic instrument so it's best combined with other resonant instruments such as the gamelan instruments in the Big Stuff Kit - 14 instruments collection. It will also go nicely with the Egg Basket - 12 Eggs kit because shakers will not overpower the sound.


Being a good outside instrument, it will also be great with the Drums 'n' Eggs Kit. Be aware, though, that if you are using instruments with hard beaters at the same time as the Dream Drum, children will inevitably try to hit the Dream Drum with other types of beaters. It won't do any harm if children are able to understand why it isn't a good idea and then use the right beaters - this is worth trying rather than just assuming they won't be able to understand.


The Dream Drum would sound interesting when combined with other unusual sounds such as that made by our Thunder Drums, Rainsticks or Frog Twirler or Kokokan - Wooden Cow Bell.

How the Dream Drum Kit is made

The Dream Drum is based on the Tank Drum, which was designed by the ingenious American inventor, Denis Havlena and it's made from a recycled LPG container. Ours are made in Bali from recycled gas containers that were formerly used for household cooking. You can make your own Dream Drum - but it does require a certain amount of dedication, practical skills and some basic tools. For full details visit Denis Havlena's website (where you'll also find lots of other brilliant ideas).

How to look after the Dream Drum Kit

The Dream Drum is virtually indestructible but the keys will go out of tune if they are bashed really hard, and the paint will chip if you use sharp stone or metal objects to hit it. But other than that don't worry too much as the only maintenance it is likely to need is a wipe-down with a damp cloth from time to time.


There is a booklet which comes with the kit which tells you more about the Dream Drum, and also shows you how to look after this instrument. The main things to remember when deciding whether to get this for your children is that it needs to be played using the correct beaters and must not be hit hard with the wrong beaters.


It should not be left outside be left outside in the rain as it could rust, although accidentally overnight would be unlikely to cause significant harm as a one-off, especially during dry summer months.


Make sure children are supervised if they wish to carry the instrument themselves as it's quite heavy. It does come in its own bag with a carrying strap but children love to carry it about once it is on its stand. An adult will find it easy to pick it up by the hole in the bottom.


The Dream Drum Kit contains;


  • The Dream Drum itself
  • 1 x banana leaf, doughnut-shaped Dream Drum stand
  • 1 x padded and zipped bag, with carrying strap
  • 1 x double-ended soft suede beater
  • 1 x rubber disc beater
  • 1 x green felt beater
  • 1 x What It's Called + Where It's From card
  • 1 x Dream Drum Booklet with more details on how to play it
  • 1 x set of numbered stickers 1-9 (for optional use)