Today we'll learn about 5 Australian instruments and a popular Australian folk song "Kookaburra!"

Down below you'll see instrument notebooking pages.

  • Bullroarer
  • Clapsticks
  • Didgeridoo
  • Gumleaf
  • Wobble Board


The bullroarer is an ancient instrument that was originately used to communicate over large distances.

Clapsticks and Didgeridoo:

Clapsticks are are a traditional Australian Aboriginal instrument made of wood used to maintain rhythm in voice chants. The didgeridoo is a wind instrument that is cone-shaped or cylindrical. The longer the didgeridoo, the lower the sounds it can make.


The gumleaf instrument is literally a leaf! The player chooses one from various species of Eucalypt trees growing throughout Australia and holds against the lips using the fingers of both hands.

Wobble Board with the song "Tie Me Kangeroo Down Sport":

The wobble board as an instrument was invented by Rolf Harris. It's a rectangular board (often made of a wood composite) that when shook produces sound from the vibration of its own body.


(See a coloring page of a kookaburra below.)

Background Info:

“Kookaburra," also known as "Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree" is a famous Australian folk song about the Kookaburra, an Australian Kingfisher bird. It's often sung as a round (like Frere Jacques and Row, Row, Row Your Boat). "Kookaburra" was written by Marion Sinclair in 1932.


See Lyrics here.

Kookaburra sits on the old gum tree,

Merry merry king of the bush is he.

Sing, Kookaburra, Sing, Kookaburra,

Sing your song for me!

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree

Eating all the gumdrops he can see

No! Kookaburra, No! Kookaburra

Share some there with me.

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree,

Watching all the monkeys he can see

Wait! Kookaburra, Wait! Kookaburra,

They look funny to me.

See sheet music here.

Optional Activity: Make your own bullroarer!

Australian Instruments.pdf
Kookaburra coloring page final.pdf