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Squeezer Shaker

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Description

This is a wonderful little instrument, great for all ages and is made from the left-over goatskin remnants of the Djembe drum-making process.

 

The ‘Squeezer Shaker’ can be shaken and squeezed at the same time which makes a very interesting set of sounds.

 

As well as being a great little Shaker (in class try using them for emphasising syllables, for counting and lots more), children enjoy decorating them. Goatskin - which is after all what we used to call parchment - can be written on in pencil, ink, felt-tip or watercolours.

 

They are also included in our ‘Nursery Shaker Kit - 15 instruments’ collection.

 

N.B. For SEN settings: Please put a note with your order to indicate that it is needed for an SEN setting, so that we know to include the relevant materials.

 

How it's Played

To play, simply hold between your thumb and forefinger (or fingers) and alternately squeeze and release as you shake. When you squeeze the note goes up; when you release the pressure, the note goes down. Try one in each hand for extra excitement.

Traditionally

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.
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  3. Make sure your music sessions take place on a soft surface, whether inside or out.
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  5. By your own example encourage the children to treat the little instruments as we treat full size orchestral instruments - with sensitivity, gentleness and care.
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  7. 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.
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  9. 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.
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  11. 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).
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Click here to download the Good Practice Guide

 

Any questions? Email care@drumsforschools.co.uk

 
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