Fun with Flatware: Little Experiments to Try at the Dinner Table

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This is a series of three quick science activities to do with a spoon, knife, and fork. In the first two activities, learners use the flatware to explore optics, mirrors, reflection, and distortion. In the third activity, learners use the flatware to explore sound and vibration. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Knife
  • Fork (stainless steel or silver)
  • Spoon
  • Wooden table
  • Bowl
  • Water glass with no ice (optional)
  • Soup spoons (optional)


  • Physical Sciences
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Sound
    • Light and Optics
      • Lenses and Mirrors
      • Reflection and Refraction
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking
  • Music


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Access Rights:

  • Free access



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