Ask tamariki to create a circle, sitting on the ground. Some tamariki may need to find a spot where they can sit and feel comfortable outside of the circle. But for the best impact the circle will work best.
If they need help to relax, you might ask them to breathe in slowly, to the count of four, deep down into their tummies, and out again. Do this several times.
Practice some of the sounds together, first as a group:
- Tap one finger on your palm to create soft rain drops
- Swipe palms together to create wind
- Tap all 4 fingers on the palm of your hand for heavier rain or lightly click fingers.
- Clapping will create louder rain or thunder
- Slapping the backs of your thighs on the ground, or using your heels will create a louder thunder sound.
Let them know this is the crescendo, and they’ll need to peel the sounds back again to just the rain drops. Do this with them as a group asking them to follow your lead.
Then say you’re going to create a sound wave, with one person leading the way, and everyone following on from the person to their right. Once it reaches the leader again, they’ll change to a different sound.
Let tamariki know to concentrate on the person to their left rather than the leader. They create the sound after the person on their left does.
The leader should build the storm slowly – doing two rounds of quieter sounds (e.g. tapping, clicking, etc) before moving onto the louder noises (thunder). They will end by reversing the process, and taking the rainstorm back to silence.
Once the group have run through this, check what they noticed:
- How are they feeling now the storm is over?
- Did they feel they created a rainstorm sound scape?
- What other noises could they use to make it more realistic? E.g. Standing and stomping feet, drumming on the floor. If you want to energise the group, you could ask tamariki to stand, and run on the spot lightly (used in Taiaha to represent the rain, with ti patapata - ‘raising of the dust and forming the rain’).