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In this activity, learners will build an instrument from common household items. Explore sound through vibrations created by your vocal chords and captured by an instrument. This activity uses low cost materials, includes step-by-step instructions with pictures and a how-to video.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • 2 Large popsicle sticks
  • 1 thick rubber band
  • 2 thin rubber bands
  • 2 strips of paper (6 inches long)
  • Tape


  • Physical Sciences
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Sound

Informal Categories

  • Music


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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