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In this activity, learners explore sound by constructing their very own instruments using PVC pipes, soda bottles, and a straw. Note: this activity requires the use of a drill and drill bits, not included in the cost of materials.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per student)

  • 2 plastic water bottles
  • 1 film canister, juice jug or small water bottle
  • 1 straw
  • 2 1' pieces of 1/2" PVC pipe
  • 1 latex glove or balloon
  • 2 rubber bands
  • 3 paint paddles or wood pieces
  • 1 13/16" paddle bit
  • vinyl tubing
  • 1 drill bit, same diameter as straw
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • drill and drill bits
  • utility knife


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Hearing
  • Physical Sciences
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Wave Properties
      • Wave Motion
      • Sound
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Music


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:

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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Fresno Community Science Workshop


  • All rights reserved, Fresno Community Science Workshop, 2011

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