I agree with "Me". I bought these to use last year with my 5th grade music classes for bucket drumming. I only had 1 or 2 break. Flip them and play with the butt end on buckets or the backs of chairs if you don't have buckets. Many youtube videos with kids using buckets or the standing behind chairs and using the back. Some with kids using a chair to hold the bucket and using the bucket and the back of the chair for other sounds. Whether on the the floor or on a chair get some foam plumbing insulation with the slit cut in it and cut in 6 inch lengths to put on the front edge of the bucket for sound to escape.