This activity is based on the Rain Game but we decided instead to use it to create a thunderstorm! We used this game to explain the story of Benjamin Franklin and how he discovered electricity flying his kite with a key attached into a thunderstorm.
With the children in a semi-circle I demonstrated each action and got them to do it back to me. I then told them that during the game as I walked past them doing an action they should start doing it too and keep doing it until I came past them again with a different action.
The actions are:
As you progress through the actions the volume builds creating the thunderstorm. In our performance we included a variety of percussion instruments to add extra timbres and, of course, noise! We asked the children to divide the percussion instruments into the four actions groups based on the noises they made. As a finale to our performance we included thunder claps and then the leader (with a kite and a key on their back) gets electrocuted and this passes through the children (down the string of the kite) like a Mexican wave. The children enjoyed this bit the best!
Fun & Games.
In addition to playing the bassoon Thomas also enjoys working with children in music sessions and education workshops.