The drum stick has been given new life as a conducting baton, as seen in--you guessed it--"Little Einsteins." Below, you can see him conducting with his left hand, while making his (own personal) sign for the word "help" with his right hand. He signed "help" the exact time they said the word on the movie. He also said it. It doesn't sound like "help." It sounds like "he--ump." And it's staccato.
Also fascinating this morning was the tambourine made to resemble a caterpillar. When I told him it was a tambourine he corrected me repeatedly with his own version of the word caterpillar. So, we decided to go with that. He had initially dragged all his instruments into the kitchen, presumably because that's where I was stationed at the time. He put the caterpillar tambourine on his head and balanced it perfectly for about ten seconds. I cheered and rooted for him, and told him, "Wow, that's hard work!" He was extremely proud of himself and handed the tambourine to me.
In retrospect, I realize that he wanted me to balance it on my head; however, at the time I concluded that he OBVIOUSLY wanted me to play a little something for him to show him the "right" way to use it. So, I broke out my own personal version of "Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man" that I have vague memories of watching a hippie sing on a Nick at Nite commercial many moons ago. Spencer was mildly amused but asked for it back in the middle of my rendition. No applause.