Yes, I am good at something. I am proficient at making noises. I have quite a catalog of noisemaker formulae stored in my gray matter, and I am having fun rediscovering these skills with my children. Here is a list of noises that I have been teaching them.
One of my favorite noisemakers can be made just about anywhere with a blade of grass. While it’s often called a grass “whistle”, this is actually a misnomer since it’s technically a reed instrument. There’s a bunch of instructional videos available on YouTube, but I think that this short clip captures the fun and chaos of a group of kids learning to do it for the first time:
Another easy and fun whistle (an actual whistle this time) can be made out of an acorn cap. A bottle cap works as a substitute when no oak trees are nearby. This one can be extremely loud when done correctly.
With refuse from snacks
Most people are familiar with the technique of blowing across the opening of a bottle to make a low whistling sound. This is the most versatile technique in my list since it can produce a wide spectrum of notes without much effort. Here is a fun video using beverage bottles:
It doesn’t quite fit in this list, but I’ll briefly mention that the glass harp is similar, but it is more melodic and also more challenging. Here is an example:
An empty raisin box (or certain other food boxes) can be used as a reed instrument to make a sound similar to the grass whistle. Here is a nice example of this technique:
One of my favorite snack-time noisemakers is a juice box. When stomped, a juice box will burst with a satisfying, loud pop, as seen here:
With school supplies
An origami popper can be made from just a plain sheet of writing paper. With a bit of practice, a single popper can be used repeatedly to make a loud pop, as demonstrated in this video:
While noise is not the primary function of a jumping paper clip, I decided to include it here because I think of it as the same category of hacked toy as many of the other entries. And the paperclip does make some very interesting noises.
With your body parts
Don’t have any of these implements handy? You can make some very fun noises with your own body parts. For example, the finger pop:
The hand whistle takes a bit of practice, but can be very fun once you get the hang of it. Here is a good demonstration:
The last item on my list is the classic armpit fart. It’s a big hit with the boys. This video captures the sheer juvenile nature of the skill very nicely, and the British accent adds a bit of class as well.
Anything I missed?
Did I neglect to mention your favorite noise-making technique? Leave a comment to let me know.