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!)
*This science activity correlates with Next Generation Science Standard (NGSS) 1-PS4-1.
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
- Cardboard tube (old toilet paper roll or paper towel roll)
- Wax paper
- Sharp pencil (or other sharp object) to poke holes
- Paint or other art supplies to decorate your kazoo (optional)
- Cover the end of your cardboard tube with wax paper. Secure it with a rubberband.
- 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.)
4. Optional: 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.
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?
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