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!

*This science activity correlates with Next Generation Science Standard (NGSS) 1-PS4-1.

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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.)


Exploring Sound with a Homemade Kazoo

Materials for Homemade Kazoos

  • 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 for Homemade Kazoos

  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 Buddy

3. 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

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  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!

    Pink and Green Mama

  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.

  16. Pauline@lessonslearntjournal.com says:

    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

  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!

  20. These are so simple and fun — featured today on my After School Round Up.

  21. I can only imagine all the music going on! Featured you on Mom’s Library!

  22. Thanks so much for this kazoo tutorial! We made them today with our baby book club, to go along with the “monkeys hum” page in Hand, Hand, Fingers Thumb. These were perfect!


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