Hilarious Honker

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Make a hilarious honker! Fasten a piece of string through a hole in the end of a plastic cup and discover the hilarious sounds you can make. Find out how the length, tautness and wetness of the string affect sound vibrations. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on Archive.org. Activity write-up only, images are unavailable.]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • One large paper or lightweight plastic cup (you can reuse one from a fast food restaurant)
  • 2 pieces of string, each 24 inches long
  • Paper clip
  • Ruler
  • Nail or pen/pencil
  • Cellophane tape
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Rice
  • 1 tsp Popcorn
  • 1 tsp Dry cereal


  • Physical Sciences
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Sound

Informal Categories

  • Music


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • hear
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • TryScience


  • All rights reserved, TryScience/New York Hall of Science, or are licensed or otherwise published by the New York Hall of Science with the permission of the owner of the material., 1999