Making Musical Instruments
Spend a summer day making musical instruments with the children it is lots of noisy fun.
Once everyone is equipped with their homemade instrument go on parade through your
neighborhood to show off you new marching band.
Make a tambourine with two paper plates and something that makes noise to go between
them. You can use beans, rice, or small bells from a craft store. Use staples to keep the
two plates together with the noise makers inside. Have the child decorate the outside and
hang long streamers from the edges.
You can make a drum with a large empty cereal box. Punch two holes in the sides of the
cereal box and tie a piece of yarn to go around the child’s neck. Use two pencils or
wooden dowels with corks or empty thread spools affixed to the ends for drum sticks.
Use a wrapping paper or paper towel cardboard tube to make a horn. This can be used
just as is and some decoration. To make it sound more interesting, cover one end with
was paper and keep it in place with a rubber band. Poke some holes along the tube and
make noise through the open end.
Use a shoebox, a paper towel roll and some strong rubber bands to make a guitar to take
on the road. With the cover off of the box, put the rubber bands around the box. The
bands should be stretched but not too taught that they can’t be plucked or strummed like a
guitar. Glue the paper towel roll to one end of the box to be the arm of the guitar.
After everyone has made their musical instruments let them jam for awhile and then
march about sharing their music with everyone. You can carry the baton and be the band
The Climate of the Philippines is either tropical rainforest, tropical savanna or tropical monsoon, or humid subtropical (in higher-altitude areas) characterized by relatively high temperature, oppressive humidity and plenty of rainfall. There are two seasons in the country, the wet season and the dry season, based upon the amount of rainfall. This is dependent as well on your location in the country as some areas experience rain all throughout the year.
Based on temperature, the seven warmest months of the year are:
- from March to October; the winter monsoon brings cooler air
- from November to February
- May is the warmest month
- January, the coolest
There are four recognized climate types in the Philippines, and they are based on the distribution of rainfall (See the Philippine Climate Map). They are described as follows:
Type I. Two pronounced season: dry from November to April and wet during the rest of the year.
Type II. No dry season with a pronounced rainfall from November to January.
Type III. Seasons are not very pronounced, relatively dry from November to April, and wet during the rest of the year.
Type IV. Rainfall is more or less evenly distributed throughout the year.
Relative humidity is high in the Philippines. A high amount of moisture or vapor in the air makes hot temperatures feel hotter. This quantity of moisture is due to different factors - the extraordinary evaporation from the seas that surrounds the country on all sides, to the different prevailing winds in the different seasons of the year, and finally, to the abundant rains so common in a tropical country. The first may be considered as general causes of the great humidity, which is generally observed in all the islands throughout the year. The last two may influence the different degree of humidity for the different months of the year and for the different regions of the Archipelago.