Funstuf

By Mary Jean Plantner


Musical Instruments—Near and Far

Place the letter designating a musical instrument inside the bracket that best fits its description.

[ ] 1. A reed instrument of the accordion family invented by Sir Charles Wheatstone in England.

 

a. maracas

[ ] 2. Dried gourds with seeds for rattles from Latin America.

 

b. balalaika

[ ] 3. Popular strumming instrument in the United States, originally from Africa.

 

c. samisen

[ ] 4. Clay wind instrument from Egypt and China used at Italian carnivals.

 

d. sitar

[ ] 5. French hand-cranked barrel organ.

 

e. banjo

[ ] 6. Russian stringed instrument with a triangular shape that is plucked.

 

f. bagpipe

[ ] 7. Kilts should properly be worn when playing this Scottish instrument.

 

g. ukulele

[ ] 8. Small Turkish drum with loose metal discs set in its rim.

 

h. castanets

[ ] 9. Steel bars on a lyre-shaped frame that Germans strike with mallets.

 

i. ocarina

[ ] 10. Ebony wood clappers used by Spanish dancers.

 

j. xylophone

[ ] 11. Three-stringed Japanese instrument resembling a banjo.

 

k. accordion

[ ] 12. Percussion instrument with wooden keys struck with mallets, probably from East Africa originally.

 

l. tambourine

[ ] 13. Long-necked lute from India that usually has seven strings.

 

m. concertina

[ ] 14. Four-stringed instrument popular in Hawaii, but derived from a Portuguese fiddle.

 

n. hurdy-gurdy

[ ] 15. Large American shoulder tuba, invented by the “March King.”

 

o. sousaphone

[ ] 16. “Squeeze” piano from Vienna.

 

p. glockenspiel

Answers:

(1) m, (2) a, (3) e, (4) i, (5) n, (6) b, (7) f, (8) l, (9) p, (10) h, (11) c, (12) j, (13) d, (14) g, (15) o, (16) k.

Clinging Cardboard

You will need: 2″ square of lightweight cardboard, small nail, and wooden or plastic thread spool.

Push nail through middle of cardboard. Then set cardboard on top of spool, with nail extending downward inside so that cardboard is flat against the end of spool. Now hold nail and cardboard in place and blow through it.

As soon as you start blowing, let go of cardboard. The cardboard does not blow away from the spool! As long as you keep blowing, the spool can be turned toward the floor and the cardboard will stay in place. Why does this happen?

By blowing, you make a current of moving air come out in a thin stream between the cardboard and spool. The pressure in this moving air is less than the pressure of the outside air. Consequently, the harder you blow, the more the outside air pushes against the cardboard to hold it in place.

Hidden in Summertime

Can you find at least twenty-four other words hidden in the word summertime that fit the definitions below?

1. reddish color = __ __ __ __

2. tread used on outside of wheel = __ __ __ __

3. title of respect = __ __ __

4. fine, slow-falling rain = __ __ __ __

5. be seated = __ __ __

6. stalk of a plant = __ __ __ __

7. mix = __ __ __ __

8. clip = __ __ __ __

9. large, woody plant = __ __ __ __

10. look = __ __ __

11. come together = __ __ __ __

12. often circular edge or border = __ __ __

13. just boiling or slightly below that temperature = __ __ __ __ __ __

14. track or groove = __ __ __

15. a need or duty = __ __ __ __

16. a very little = __ __ __ __

17. a joint made by fitting two angled pieces together = __ __ __ __ __

18. nothing more than = __ __ __ __

19. to be worthy of = __ __ __ __ __

20. a trick = __ __ __ __

21. to get up = __ __ __ __

22. a ceremony = __ __ __ __

23. the whole amount = __ __ __

24. to release from guilt = __ __ __ __ __

Answers:

(1) rust, (2) tire, (3) sir, (4) mist, (5) sit, (6) stem, (7) stir, (8) trim, (9) tree, (10) see, (11) meet, (12) rim, (13) simmer, (14) rut, (15) must, (16) mite, (17) miter, (18) mere, (19) merit, (20) ruse, (21) rise, (22) rite, (23) sum, (24) remit.

Pony Glove Puppet

You will need: an old white or brown cotton glove, white card stock, scissors, crayons, glue, and ribbon bow.

1. Cut off the three middle fingers of glove, leaving little finger and thumb.

2. On card stock draw a pony’s head (see illustration). Color and cut out.

3. Slip base of pony’s neck into top opening of glove and seal with glue. A small bow around neck will complete puppet.