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Make a watermelon drum

MUSICAL FRUIT (AND VEGGIES!)

The Viennese Vegetable Orchestra may be the world’s weirdest group of musicians. All of their instruments are carved out of vegetables and fruit! From pumpkin drums to celery guitars, each instrument is made fresh for each performance. Audiences enjoy the unique sounds of whistling carrot flutes, crackling onion skin, squawking red pepper horns, and more. At the end of the performance, fresh vegetable soup is served!

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Use squash, carrots, or cucumbers to make other musical veggie instruments.

 

YOU WILL NEED

• 1 half watermelon

• 1 melon baller tool

• 1 cutting board

• 2 carrots for drumsticks (optional)

WHAT TO DO

STEP 1: Use the melon baller to scrape the flesh out of the watermelon half.

STEP 2: Turn over the watermelon and place it facedown on the cutting board.

STEP 3: Play the drum with carrots, your hands, or even the melon baller! See how you can change the sound by lifting the edge of the melon off the board.

Photograph by Gero Bre, picture alliance, dpa, AP Images

Text adapted from the National Geographic Kids book Weird But True! Ripped from the Headlines

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