Make: A Straw Whistle in Three Steps
Kids complaining that they're bored? With plastic drinking straws, tape and some scissors you can create a set of panpipes that will change their tune in no time at all. With your flute finished, you can play a song and lead a parade. If your children are old enough, you can even give them a physics lesson.
8 plastic straws
Tape (we used washi tape)
1. Cut the straws so each one is about half an inch shorter than the next; fold a piece of tape over the bottom of each straw to block the whole.
2. Place a long piece of tape sticky-side up on a table, and line up the straws on it in height order with the open ends aligned.
3. Fold the tape over the front of the straws to secure them in place.
Blow across the straws to play different notes. If your kids are ready for a physics lesson, let them guess why the straws make varying tones. Answer: Your breath creates vibrations—sound—in the straw. A longer straw allows longer sound waves producing lower notes.
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