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Musical activities help develop listening skills, essential for learning

Bringing international music and culture in to kids’ hands.

To extend on drums, a recorder and maybe a guitar many children have in their toy box, a new series of interactive books, Musicadventures is bringing children the sounds of instruments from around the world.

In the first book in the series, Lir Ilir kids can play the kendang (drums), rebana (tambourines) and bonang (gongs) of the gamelan percussion orchestra of central Java, and budding lyricists can take the opportunity to write and sing their own words to a melody. Activities include: cultural facts, a story, hunting for secret sounds, and prompts to make your own instruments, as well as the opportunity to take notes on things like your favourite rice dish, or to photograph edible food growing in your own neighbourhood.