Exploring Sound: Making a Kazoo

In our latest science activity for kids we’ll be exploring the sense of sound by making our own musical instrument- a kazoo! (Be sure to link up all your posts related to music and musical instruments at the end of this post!)

Exploring Sound with a Homemade Kazoo~ Buggy and Buddy

Exploring the sense of sound is always a hit with my two kids. Previously we’ve explored sound using a wire clothes hanger and gone on a sound walk. Today we’ll be exploring the sense of sound with our own homemade kazoo from a cardboard tube! (This post contains affiliate links to Amazon.)

Exploring Sound with a Homemade Kazoo

Materials

  • Cardboard tube (old toilet paper roll or paper towel roll)
  • Wax paper
  • Rubberband
  • Sharp pencil (or other sharp object) to poke holes
  • Paint or other art supplies to decorate your kazoo (optional)

Materials for Homemade Kazoo

Directions

  1. Cover the end of your cardboard tube with wax paper. Secure it with a rubberband.
  2. Poke a hole in the side of the tube using the sharp pencil or other sharp object. (I used the poky end of a candy thermometer.)

Homemade Kazoo- Buggy and Buddy3. Put the open end of the tube up to your mouth and hum or say “do” over and over and to make the kazoo sound. (This took some practice, but we finally got the hang of it!)

Exploring Sound with a Homemade Kazoo~ Buggy and Buddy

4. Optional: Paint your kazoo!

Paint your kazoo

Questions to Spark More Curiosity & Critical Thinking

What do you hear?  How are the sounds being made? Do the sounds change when you hum different tunes?

Lucy’s theory~ “I think my voice is hitting the wax paper and coming back to me.” 

Explanation: The wax paper vibrates from the sound of your voice, amplifying it. 

 Exploring Sound with a Homemade Kazoo~ Buggy and Buddy

Want to go even further?

Even more activities to inspire creativity and critical thinking for various ages.

    • Try varying the length of the kazoo using different sized tubes. Do they sound the same of different?
    • Poke more holes in the sides of your kazoo. Does covering the holes change the sounds you make? 
    • Try changing the material you cover your tube with (saran wrap or parchment paper for instance.) Do any other materials work better? Why or why not?

 

Now it’s your turn! We’d love for you to share how you 

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Comments

  1. Another great science post – have pinned to my Discovery board Alice @ Mums Make Lists

  2. Wow! What a great project! I gleefully anticipate that this activity will last quite a long time with the girls I nanny! Thank you so much for sharing!

  3. What a fun idea! We’re always looking for more ideas to use those paper towel rolls that I’ve been keeping. My son would love this!

  4. Oh, yeah! Out of 51 blog entries to check out this one screamed “Kazoo” at me. When I find something I remember having fun with over 50 years ago, I know it’s a WINNER. Great concept, great execution and presentation. Love this blog!!!

    • Thanks, Susan! You made my day! :) I remember doing this when I was younger too. It even took me awhile to get the kazoo to make noise just like when I was a child! Felt just like a kid doing it with Lucy!

  5. My girls would love these!! Can’t wait to try making some!

    Thanks so much for linking up and sharing with us!

    Warmly,
    Pink and Green Mama
    MaryLea

  6. This would be great with an anatomy unit on the ear and the senses. I’m sticking this in my anatomy pinterest board.

    Thanks for linking up to Science Sunday!

  7. Awesome idea! Looks so fun!

  8. I love Lucy’s comment, so literal.

  9. This looks like so much fun. My son who loves music would love this. Thanks for the post. Hopping in from TGIF.
    Renee @ Great Peace Academy

  10. Pinning this to use with our playschool children! Thanks for sharing with us. Hope to see you again tomorrow at Eco-Kids Tuesday!!

  11. What a clever idea! I’ve got to try this one out with my oldest… she would love it!

  12. I think I know what I’m doing tomorrow! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Love your colourful kazoos! I remember making these many years ago but i love how bright and colourful yours are!Featuring on my Kids Co-Op post this week…thanks for sharing!

  14. Colourful idea! I’ve featured you on Mom’s Library (www.cyrstalstinytreasures.com).
    Thank you for linking up!

  15. This is a great project. I pinned it so we can make kazoos in the future.
    http://pinterest.com/jmommymom/

  16. Great post :) Love the kazoos and your learning activities! I’ll be featuring this post as part of my Earth Day Activities for Kids: Upcycling roundup from the Weekly Kids Co-Op. xoxo P

  17. In addition to our weekly Monday Kid Corner, this week’s theme is MUD. Brush off those archives and link them up at thejennyevolution.com. See you there! Jennifer
    Jennifer recently posted…Monday Kid Corner Round-Up #19My Profile

  18. Hello,

    My name is Ailsa and I am a journalist for Sierra Magazine, Sierra Club. We are currently working on a blog about DIY instruments and we would like permission to feature your DIY Kazoo. Your website will receive full credit, of course.

    Look forward to hearing from you soon.

  19. Love your kazoo and science of sound that came with it! Thanks for sharing with Afterschool!
    Natalie recently posted…Cooking With Children: Lomo SaltadoMy Profile

  20. These are so simple and fun — featured today on my After School Round Up.
    Anna@The Measured Mom recently posted…Screen Free Activities for Kids (plus a new After School Linky!)My Profile

  21. I can only imagine all the music going on! Featured you on Mom’s Library!
    Ashley recently posted…Mom’s Library with Colorful Fun for all the SensesMy Profile

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