The ocarina is a woodwind instrument with a rich history, and found its modern form in mid-19th century Italy through the innovation of Giuseppe Donati. Since then the ocarina has seen great popularity in both the East and West for its sweet and haunting sound.
With a wonderful and vibrant sound, these quality instruments are great for entertainment (especially when camping with kids!) and can be used as signaling devices or keep moral high in a survival situation. While vastly easier to play than a harmonica, these are serious instruments and fully capable of playing a wide repertoire of music with a little practice. We suggest The Ocarina Network
or Little Geese
forums as resources for any ocarina-related questions you might have as you learn your new instrument!