To obtain incredible noises from this device, simply hold the outside of the cylinder with the spring at the bottom. When you shake the cylinder from side to side, this makes the spring vibrate, the noise from which is amplified by the membrane on one end of the cylinder. This creates noises that rival the sound of loud thunder.

Unfortunately the bamboo spring which activates the lower jaw has broken. However, when it is operating correctly, the mouth opens and shuts with a click every time the bamboo spring is compressed and released. The manufacturer is unknown but, because of the use of bamboo, the origin is probably Japan.

This came out of a Christmas cracker. When you wave the orange plastic handle backwards and forwards, the blue plastic hands on either side of it create a clapping sound. All three pieces of plastic are held together by a rubber band at the position of the wrist. Made in China.

The web has extensive information about singing bowls and how to make one sing. Tuneful notes can be produced by using the correct technique to rub the stick around the outer rim of the bowl.

This noise maker from The National Trust in the UK is of traditional design: turn it upside down, and when it is turned the right way up it makes a loud ‘Baa’ noise. Made in Taiwan.

This is a fine example of a traditional wooden toy and noise maker. Each chicken has a string from its neck down to a ball hanging below. As you hold the toy, with the chickens on top, and gently rotate it, the ball underneath swings round making the chickens loudly peck at the ground.