STEAM Saturday – Homemade Water Xylophone! (8/20/2022)

The summer is coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean the FUN has to come to an end!  We’ve got a great activity today for children who love music.  This very simple experiment is an awesome way for your kiddo to explore Sound Science.  Let’s get started on making a homemade Water Xylophone!

You can do this super fun project with items you can find around your house.  Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Mason jars (or other glasses)
  • Water (of course!)
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Wooden sticks, such as chopsticks (or even a spoon or butter knife)

Make sure to have your child hit an empty glass first to hear what it sounds like.  Then, add varying amounts of water to the other glasses.  You can use the food coloring to create different colors for each “note” if you’d like.  Have your child predict what will happen depending on the amount of water in the glass/jar.  Will the pitch go up or down?  They will learn that more water creates a lower pitch, and less water creates a higher pitch.

There are a lot of ways to extend this experiment.  Ask questions, test your results with different types of liquids, and more!

Check out the full experiment from Little Bins for Little Hands HERE.

As always, get as creative as you want, and above all, have lots of fun learning together!

We’ll see you right back here next Saturday for another STEAM Saturday activity!  Scroll through the rest of our website to learn how Critchlow Adkins is Building Brighter Futures for the children and families we serve!

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