Peru – Music of the Rainforest

Peru – Music of the Rainforest

Learn About Peru

Share these facts with the child(ren) in your life:

  • Peru is the third largest country in South America.
  • About half of Peru is covered by the Amazon Rainforest.
  • Peru also has mountains (the Andes Mountains), beaches, deserts and more.
  • Peru has three national languages: Spanish, Quechua, and Aymara.
  • The Incans were a large and important society of people who lived in Peru over 500 years ago.

The Rainforest of Peru

  • A rainforest is a place with a lot of rain.
  • The Amazon rainforest is a huge jungle with plants and animals that don’t live anywhere else on the Earth.
  • It is made up of two types of jungle: the lowland jungle that is very warm and rainy and the highland jungle which has multiple different weather patterns.
  • Peru has the largest number of bird species in the world and many of them live in the Amazon.
  • It is estimated that there are 3,000 edible fruits in the rainforest!

The Sounds of the Rainforest

Watch this video to hear what it sounds like inside the rainforest.

  • Have your children write down or draw pictures of what hear.
  • Ask them:
    • What sounds are familiar?
    • What sounds have they never heard before?
    • How do the sounds make them feel?

DIY Rainstick

After listening to the sounds of the rainforest, bring them into your home or classroom with a rainstick instrument DIY,

Check out this rainstick tutorial from Buggy and Buddy.

For each rainstick, you’ll need just a handful of materials:

  • A cardboard tube, ideally a paper towel tube
  • Pipe cleaners, tin foil, or wire that can be twisted and put inside the tube to help make the sound
  • Uncooked rice, beans, beads or another small, hard object
  • Tape or glue
  • Materials to decorate your rainstick – paint, markers, string, etc.

Play Along

Once you have made your rainsticks, use them to play along with this playlist of music from Peru.

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