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Build a Bell Bracelet

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    Science Museum of Minnesota

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Build a Bell Bracelet

Learners make bell bracelets, place them on their wrists or ankles, and then dance to the rhythms and sounds the bells make. Many cultures use ankle or wrist bells to make music during dancing. This is a useful activity in any unit on sound, music, or cultures.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 11

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • pipe cleaners (many colors)
  • bells
  • beads
  • scissors


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Hearing
  • Physical Sciences
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Sound

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Music
  • Physical Activity
  • Toys


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


Funding Sources:

  • Harman International
  • NEC Foundation of America
  • National Science Foundation


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