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 way to make a realistic bird song is to hold the tail and push it towards the body of the bird. When you then twist the tail, the resultant squeaking noise is very like bird song.

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.