Chirping Bird

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In this activity, learners build a cuica or chirping bird using straw, string, and a bottle cap. Use this activity to explore the interplay of motion and sound. [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 straw
  • 1 bamboo skewer or 1/8" dowel
  • 1 nail
  • 1 bookmark or small stiff paper
  • 1 file folder or stiff paper
  • 1 stucco mesh nail or bottle cap, hammer, and nail
  • 18" string
  • scissors
  • nail
  • glue sticks
  • glue gun
  • hole puncher
  • pencil
  • hammer


  • Physical Sciences
    • Energy
    • Motion and Forces
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Wave Motion
      • Sound
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • 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


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Community Science Workshop Network


  • All rights reserved, Community Science Workshop Network, 2012

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