I do the percussion for my church's music group. Normally I use a big Djembe drum for a variety of sounds but have some other things as well. This little guy is a Guiro (pronounced WEE-roh) carved in the shape of a turtle. The wooden rod or striker is used to run back and forth over the ridges along the back of the shell, or strike the body which is hollow. It makes a nice bright cheerful sound. Sam. the 2 year old son of our cellist (cello player) was playing it today.