Make music with natural objects

    6. Make music with natural objects

Can you make music with a stone? Can a stick make a sound? Be creative; look for sticks, rocks, leaves and other neat objects outside, experiment by tapping sticks onto different objects. Does a log make the same sound as a hollow log when you tap it? See how many sounds you can make.  Why not take some sticks on a sound hunt in your neighborhood; try the sticks on walls, bricks, fences, trees, toys… Which was your favorite sound?

Internet links to help you:

Make a rainstick

Another way to make a rainstick

Make a sistrum

Books:

Making Music: From Tambourines to Rainsticks to Dandelion Trumpets, Walnut Castanets to Shepherd’s Pipes to an Abundance of Homemade Drums, Here Is a Quirky Assortment of Good Sounds from Found Objects by John Langstaff, Ann Sayre Wiseman

The Listening Walk by Paul Showers, illustrated by Aliki

Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp!: A Sonic Adventure by Wynton Marsalis

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