The kids in our homeschool co-op were paired up in teams to do a presentation about a country they were assigned to but it was not just a presentation they had to make an amusement park about that country.
My seven year old son was given South Africa. For his portion he was to make a map of the park, a menu of the foods in the park and to present some type of music from South Africa. After searching on-line we decided to make a spirit drum, which is what is played in part of South Africa. When played the twisting the handle, which in turn causes the attached beaters to hit the drum head, plays the drum.
Toilet paper tube
Hole puncher / scissors
Cut the toilet paper tube in a section a 2 inch piece. My son colored the tube bright colors on the outside. Then I took a hole punch and hole punched a hole on the bottom and one on each side of the tube. We inserted the pencil through the bottom hole. Using a 5-6 inch piece of yarn we strung it through the side holes, stung 2 pony beads on each side and then double knotted the ends. On one side of the toilet paper tube we took a small piece of Duct tape and placed in over the opening. Then another piece of duct tape and taped the yarn and pencil to the one side of the Duct tape. Then placed a piece of Duct tape on the other side. Then we wrapped the pencil with Duct tape.
Simply move the pencil stick side to side or like my son does place the pencil stick in between both hands and move your hands back and forth – both of these motions will have the beads move back and forth onto the Duct tape which plays a nice drum sound.
We set his African craft on the table with the other things he made – a map of his and his teammates South African amusement park, books, etc. The kids visited each other’s tables and saw everyone’s presentations and when they came to my son’s table one of the first things the kids picked up was the spirit drum and played it.
What geography crafts have your kids made in their homeschooling or schooling?
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