Kitchen Jamboree

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In this activity, learners observe, explore and investigate vibrating instruments in everyday places and create music in unique ways. Using kitchen tools like pots and pans made out of various materials (metal, wood, plastic), learners discover that many materials and objects make audible sounds when they vibrate.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 8

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Plastic pots or pans
  • Metal pots or pans
  • Wood pots or pans
  • Bowls - wood, plastic, metal
  • Cups - wood, plastic, metal
  • Plates - wood, plastic
  • Spoons
  • Marker
  • Pencil


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

Informal Categories

  • Music
  • Performing Arts


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • hear
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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