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Good Vibrations

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    Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

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Good Vibrations

In this activity, learners experiment with their voices and noisemakers to understand the connections between vibrations and the sounds created by those vibrations. This resource includes three quick demonstration activities that can be used independently or as a group to introduce learners to the basic elements of sound.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 6

Resource Types:
Activity, Demonstration, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Tuning fork
  • Pan or unbreakable bowl
  • Water
  • Drum
  • Rice


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

Informal Categories

  • Music


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • 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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