Bear Cub Scouts learn about musical instruments from around the world while working on the A World of Sound adventure. They make a mbira, a sistrum, and a rain stick .
Bear Elective Adventure: A World of Sound
Printable helps for requirements:
This tutorial from Twodaloo shows how to make a simple sistrum from a forked stick from a tree, some craft wire, and buttons or beads. For fun, paint and decorate the stick first.
Kix cereal has an article which gives step-by-step instructions to make a rainstick from common household materials. A rainstick is an instrument which sounds like rain when you turn it.
A mbira is a “thumb piano” of African origin. Music is made by plucking metal tines. Almost Unschoolers shows how to make a mbira from bobby pins, craft sticks, and thumbtacks.
Bear is the Cub Scout program for girls and boys in 3rd grade.
Tech Talk is the Cub Scout Nova Award for investigating technology. To earn this award, Cub Scouts explore topics such as computers and cameras . They must also complete one of their adventures related to technology or do a related investigation.