Buzzing Bee

Source Institutions

Add to list Go to activity
In this activity, learners explore sound by constructing an instrument toy that buzzes when you swing it. Use this activity to examine elements of sound including waves, vibrations, tone, pitch, frequency, and volume. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per student)

  • 1 craft stick or tongue depresser
  • 2 small pieces of cardboard
  • 1 folder
  • 1 rubber band
  • string
  • masking tape
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Hearing
  • Physical Sciences
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Wave Properties
      • Sound

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Music
  • Toys


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • hear
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Fresno Community Science Workshop


  • All rights reserved, Fresno Community Science Workshop, 2012