Thursday, January 20, 2011

Make a Joyful Noise, Nature Noises

I just ordered these fair trade nature song musical instruments for our homeschool from Ten Thousand Villages, a non-profit Mennonite enterprise:

Musical Frog $12.00: "This carved wooden frog has unique talents. Create the sound of two different frog calls by using the thick end of the stick. Mating call is made by running the stick up the back towards the head, and distress call is made by running the stick down the back towards the bottom." Made in Vietnam.

Cicada Rattle $6.00 - Sounds like a Cicada. Made in Cameroon.

I'll have to take a trip to the library to find some cute books about frogs and cicadas for my Kindergarten daughter.

Update 1/25/11: Received these today - fast shipping! The frog is a good size and beautifully carved, and the rattle well made.

For older children I found quite a few free educational resources at my Google Books library:



You can print individual pages, or download these books. To print individual pages, switch to Plain Text, and if you want HTML, delete "text" at the end of the web address, add "HTML", and reload the page.


Myrnie said...

My MIL has a frog like that- makes a fun noise, and is NOT very loud. That's a definite plus for a rhythm instrument for kids ;o)

Alexandra said...

Yes! We have a few other very loud musical instruments, so I know what you mean. :)

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