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Frog Twirler - painted


This is a bigger version of our ‘Creaker Creature’ and is just as easy to play. Just put some tension on the string and twist the stick - it sounds just like a frog.


In fact it can make a wide range of different sounds, depending on the amount of tension you apply and the angle of the string. The ‘Frog Twirler – painted’ can also be twirled around to produce a wonderful buzzing noise. Simple, ingenious and a great sound.


It is also great for showing how sounds are produced, as you can see how vibrations set up in the string get amplified by the drum inside the frog.


Click the trumpet icon below to listen to an amazing audio clip of ‘Disappearing World’ below by 9 year old Erin Bryant. Erin directed the whole thing and played both keyboard themes and nearly all of the parts, including the bird whistles, rainstick and frog twirler.


The piece starts as an idyll, but then portrays the threat to the environment (some ambient forest noises are used as part of the background and a chainsaw sample is used to represent the ongoing destruction). A fantastic early composition. Brilliant!

Click the trumpets to hear sound samples of tracks from the Teaching Guide...        


How it's Played

This is a very interesting instrument to play as you need to gently pull the stick with the nylon string upwards while twisting it. The resin on the stick helps to make the nylon string vibrate and these vibrations travel down the string to the skin over the resonator. It will subsequently produce a creaking sound.


You can also cup your palm over the opening of the resonator (the bottom of the frog) and open and close your palm to make different tones.


Don't pull too hard, but firmly enough to be able to twist the stick against the string.


You can also whizz the whole thing around on the string which will make a different sound again.


If you’re using this product in an Early Years setting, please follow these Good Practice Guidelines.


Good Practice Guide


Early Years Musical Instruments & Music Kits


Please always remember that ‘Sound Children’ and ‘Drums for Schools’ Early Years products are musical instruments and NOT toys and should be used with young children only under the close supervision of responsible educationalists and carers. By following these simple guidelines you will ensure the children’s learning, development and enjoyment of playing music, as well as their safety.


    1. Bring the instruments out just for music sessions, and put them away afterwards (the children will love to help!). This keeps the instruments ‘special’ and it avoids any risk of them being damaged in the course of unsupervised play, without your realising it.


    1. Make sure your music sessions take place on a soft surface, whether inside or out.


    1. By your own example encourage the children to treat the little instruments as we treat full size orchestral instruments - with sensitivity, gentleness and care.


    1. Never allow children to play with any instrument unless closely supervised and don’t let any child suck or bite any part of any instrument.


    1. Don’t let a child of any age play any musical instrument aggressively, especially close the ear, as we must take care to avoid any risk to their hearing.


    1. After each music session, wipe down the instruments with a damp cloth if they’re grubby (fine to use a mild disinfectant solution) and check for any loose parts (tug on any strings) or cracks. If in any doubt, remove a damaged instrument from use and contact us for further advice (sending us a photo is a good start).


Click here to download the Good Practice Guide


Any questions? Email care@drumsforschools.co.uk

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