Ella brought in a traditional Korean drum called a Sogo. She said it feels rough and makes sounds. She showed how it is played. Siu also showed us how to play it as he had played one before. We were interested to find out more about the drum so we watched a video of the Sogo being used in a group dance.
Swini showed us her wooden flute and explained that she uses her mouth to blow, her hands to move over the holes, her eyes to watch her fingers and her ears to listen to the sound. Keshav asked how it makes a sound and Swini showed how to blow into it and move her fingers on the holes to change the sound. Sophia asked how touching the holes changes the sound. We discussed the high and low sounds and how they are different depending on the length of the instrument so by covering different holes the length of the instrument is changed. Amanda asked why there was a hole at the bottom so Swini tried blowing by covering the hole and then with it uncovered. We found out it made the sound quieter when the hole at the bottom was covered.
Sophia played the harmonica for us. She showed how she can blow and suck air to change the sound as well as move her mouth up and down the instrument to make higher and lower sounds. Then she showed us how she could change the way she played to make it sound angry, sad and excited. Amanda asked why there are so many holes and Sophia replied that if there are no holes there would be no sound. Then Sophia showed us that the sound only works if you use one side of the harmonica. If you try to blow it on the back no sound comes out. Swini asked how the holes make music. Sophia said the air goes in and it makes music.
Siu brought in different percussion instruments which he could play. He said the Korean name for them and Jiwoo helped to translate for him. He had a triangle, cymbals, a castanet and tambourine. Swini asked why the triangle didn't make much sound if you hit it with your finger, but it was loud when you hit it with the metal stick. He said because the metal is hard so it makes a louder sound. Amanda asked what the small metal dot on the castanet was for, he said it was to make the sound.
Omer showed us two pictures he had made using stickers. He explained the first one had fish and the second one had leaves. He said he used his hands to touch the stickers and his eyes to see the picture.
Guangyuan showed us a detailed picture of a zoo that he drew. He had learned all the names for the animals in English and said them clearly for us. He had an elephant, 2 turtles (a big one and small one), a bear, monkey, cat, giraffe, lion and fish. When asked in Mandarin what senses he used, he replied he used his eyes and hands. Keshav asked why there was a man on the lion's back as he thought the lion would eat the person. Guangyuan said the man was the person who worked at the zoo so the lion wouldn't eat him.
Sota showed a step by step guide to drawing a dinosaur. He used shapes to begin with and then filled in the outline. He said he learned it from watching a video.
Keshav brought his sister's ukulele and played it for us. Then he talked about the strings making different sounds, high and low. He said it is made from wood and the strings are made from plastic. Amanda asked why there is a hole? Keshav said it makes the sound. Sophia asked what the small black twist parts are at the top. Keshav explained they are for tuning.